As the 14-seed in Charleston, Germany’s Andrea Petkovic won her third career WTA title over the weekend; her first title since winning Strasbourg 3-years ago. Since her first top-10 season in 2011, Andrea’s had to launch several comebacks from injury (back, ankle, knee). With the title in Charleston, she’s back in the top-30.
Miami Champion Serena Williams had a first-round bye in Charlerston, then was shocked in the second-round by eventual finalist Jana Cepelova from Slovakia (4-6, 4-6). In doubles, the #1 team in the world Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng were defeated in the first-round for the second consescutive tournament. After winning the title at Indian Wells, the pair was eliminated in Miami’s first-round by Kimiko Date-Krumm/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Down 4-5 in the first-set at Charleston, Shuai Peng retired from their match versus Marina Erakovic/Arantxa Parra Santonja.
Ana Ivanovic easily won her 13th career WTA title in Monterrey; her second title of 2014 (Auckland). As the 2-seed in a 32-player draw, she only had to win five matches to raise the trophy. Though she lost her first set of the tournament to Urszula Radwanska and stumbled through a 0-6 second-set hiccup to Magdalena Rybarikova, she delivered a two-set Semifinal win over Caroline Wozniacki, then dominated Jaksic in the Final.
Indian Wells Champion Flavia Pennetta: After a 3rd-round exit to Ivanovic in Miami, she was the top-seed in Monterrey…but fell to veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first-round 5-7, 2-6.
SINGLES CHAMPION: Andrea Petkovic
- 1R: Lesia Tsurenko 6-7(2) 6-4, 6-1
- 2R: Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0, 6-0
- 3R: Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-0
- QF: Lucie Safarova 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
- SF: Eugenie Bouchard 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
- F: Jana Cepelova 7-5, 6-2
DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: Anabel Medina Gariigues/Yaroslava Shvedova
- 1R: Eugenie Bouchard/Taylor Townsend 6-7(0), 6-3, 10-7
- QF: Marina Erakovic/Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-1
- SF: Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears 7-5, 6-7(5), 10-8
- F: Hao-Ching Chan/Yung-Jan Chan 7-6(4), 6-2
SINGLES CHAMPION: Ana Ivanovic
- 1R: Urszula Radwanska 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
- 2R: Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4, 6-2
- QF: Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 0-6, 6-2
- SF: Caroline Wozniacki 7-6(5), 6-4
- F: Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-1
DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: Darija Jurak/Megan Moulton-Levy
- 1R: Heidi El Tabakh/Allie Kiick 7-5, 4-6, 10-7
- QF: Nicole Melichar/Jade Windley 7-5, 6-3
- SF: Gabriella Dambrowski/Oksana Kalashnikova 4-6, 6-4, 10-8
- F: Timea Babos/Olga Govortsova 7-6(5), 3-6, 11-9
WEEK-15: WTA is on two continents this week. Clay in Bogota, Columbia. Hard Courts in Katowice, Poland.