Rumble, young Ukrainian, rumble.
S: Elina Svitolina/UKR def. Caroline Wozniacki/DEN 6-4/6-0
D: Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS/RUS) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Kveta Peschke (GER/CZE) 6-4/6-0
F: United States def. Ukraine 2-1
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Elina Svitolina/UKR
...don't look now, but here comes Svitolina. Again. Of course, we've been here before. A few months ago, in fact, when Svitolina came through the clay court season in such a style (10-1, with titles in Istanbul and Rome) that she was looked upon as a legit slam threat in Paris despite never having reached a major semifinal. She reached the Roland Garros QF, led Simona Halep 6-3/5-1, twice served for the match and held a MP in a 2nd set TB, only to fail to convert, head to a 3rd set and get bageled in shocking fashion, heading for the exit in just twenty minutes. Will the Ukrainian's title run in Toronto -- one of the best weekly performances produced by any player all season long -- be the start of a summer story with a different ending than the one she nearly starred in during the spring?
Whatever happens next, there is no denying the style that Svitolina showed in Toronto. The 22-year old, who'll rise to a career-best #4 with her ninth career title and a tour-best fifth in '17 alone (including three Premier 5 events, making her the first to do that), produced a series of sometimes-dominant wins over quality opponents with the ease of a big title-winning veteran, handling weather delays and suspensions, including having to finish her QF match on Saturday before playing in the semis, with ease, then ultimately outclassing Caroline Wozniacki in the final, winning the final eight games of the match. Over the whole of her week, Svitolina downed Daria Kasatkina in straight sets (despite trailing 0-4 in the 2nd), allowed just three games vs. Venus Williams, emphatically downed Garbine Muguruza with an ace on MP, and dominated a "barely there" Halep 1-1 before closing out the weekend with the victory over the Dane. She posted four Top 10 wins on the week, including three over Top 6 players in a little over twenty-four hours on the weekend (w/ two Top 4 wins on Saturday). In all, she defeated four of the five 2017 slam finalists in action in Toronto, and raised her season record vs. Top 5 players to 7-1.
But it's what comes next that we'll remember.
Still looking for the true slam breakthrough result that barely eluded her in Paris, it says all you need to know about Svitolina's consistency and finals "know-how" (she's 9-2 in finals during her WTA career) that she's in the thick of the #1 race without having put up a SF-or-better result during the 12-month ranking period. As the Ukrainian has been making her step-by-step climb up the WTA ladder in recent seasons, she's shown a good head for learning from her experiences, both good and bad. Did she learn enough from her uncharacteristic 3rd set RG collapse vs. Halep to make sure she replaces it with something better in her final opportunity in 2017 to make due on her slam potential before the calendar turns over to 2018? She's sort of been hiding in the weeds since that Paris loss, having played just six matches (4-2) before her impressive five-match run this past week.
Will Svitolina's failure in early June provide the bridge to an ultimate triumph in early September? Is she about to seize her moment by the throat and strangle the life out of it, just like a certain German sporting a similar counterpunch-then-hit-you-with-a-well-placed-gut-shot mindset did last summer in New York? We'll soon find out.
RISER: Caroline Garcia/FRA
...while her fellow Pastry/bullying attention-grabber/ex-doubles partner has seen her '17 results take a downturn in recent months, Garcia's have been gradually picking up steam. After starting the season by producing just one QF+ result (a SF in Monterrey), taking a short injury break and finding herself at the center of the FFT's Fed Cup nonsense, she's now played an additional nine events. While she's still seeking her first final after picking up two singles titles in 2016, her QF run in Toronto is her fifth QF+ result (including three semis) since the start of May. Last week, Garcia started off with a three-set win over Sorana Cirstea, then followed up with straight sets wins over Varvara Lepchenko (after her win over Jelena Ostapenko) and the firecracker-hot CiCi Bellis. Her run ended at the hands of Simona Halep in their postponed-by-rain QF on Saturday, but it'll be enough to allow her to jump both Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (a two-time '17 singles champ) and CoCo Vandeweghe (AO SF and Stanford RU) and get back into the Top 20. At #19, she'll be just six spots (around 1000 rankings points) behind the aforementioned top-ranked Frenchwoman on tour.
SURPRISE: Tamara Korpatsch/GER
...just call Korpatsch the anti-Kerber German in 2017. While last year's #1 and two-time slam winner has battled inconsistency and confidence issues since the very first week of the season, the 22-year old has gone about following up her breakout ITF campaign of a season ago (she went 4-0 in ITF finals and rose 150+ rankings spots over the course of the year) by continuing to gradually rise up the tour ladder in 2017, putting together successful tour-level qualifying runs in Stuttgart (def. Bogdan, Dodin and Rodina) and Rosmalen, reaching a $100K QF and producing her first such tour-level result in Gstaad just a few weeks ago, as well. While she's still seeking her first slam MD slot (she came within a match of qualifying at Wimbledon), she reached a new career-high ranking (#124) last month. Dropping back down to the lower circuit this past week, Korpatsch qualified and claimed the title at the $60K Hechingen challenger, extending her ITF final winning streak to six with a three-set win over Italian qualifier Deborah Chiesa. Since late April, Korpatsch has gone a combined 22-10 on all levels, and will inch up to #136 on Monday. She's nearly climbed into the German Top 8, standing at ninth, but with Annika Beck clearly within her sights.
VETERAN: Caroline Wozniacki/DEN
...in Toronto, Wozniacki's strange 2017 ride made another oddball stop. Nearing the one-year anniversary of arriving in New York ranked #74, then beginning a nearly total turnaround by reaching the U.S. Open semifinals, world #6 Wozniacki has a ride in the race for the #1 ranking, leads the tour in match wins and final appearances and has shown improvement this season when it comes to serving bigger and (occasionally, at least) playing with a bit more aggression while not giving up her defensive-minded style. But she's still coming up short.
This week she reached her sixth final of the season, reaching her second consecutive (w/ Bastad) and third final in her last four events. And she did it in Toronto, where she'd never before won even a single match during her career. Not only that, but her victories over Ekaterina Alexandrova, Aga Radwanska, Karolina Pliskova and Sloane Stephens pushed her '17 Top 10 win total to eight, tying her career best marks in 2010 and '11 (her two #1-ranked seasons), and her win over Pliskova not only allowed her to match her best season total when it comes to Top 3 wins (2014) but also notch her very *FIRST* win over a reigning world #1 with her defeat of the Czech. It's a stat that seems far-fetched, but then you remember that at her consistent best, when she would have been most likely to record such a win, Wozniacki was actually ranked #1 herself.
But, then, after playing a close three-quarters of a set vs. Elina Svitolina in the final on Sunday, Wozniacki's forehand and serve failed her, and her frustrations were evident (she whacked multiple times after a particularly poor shot late in the 1st set, and never really regained her footing after that moment). She dropped the final eight games of the match. Even one day earlier, when questioned about her winless final streak, the Dane noted that she'd once been 6-0 in finals during a season. A true statement (sort of, as she went 6-0 in 2010 between final losses in Indian Wells and at the then-WTA Championships), but also one that leads you to believe that she's been telling herself just that off the court, which probably means she's been thinking about that big "0" in her '17 season column more than she'd like to let on. The odds are that Wozniacki *will* get a title before 2017 concludes, but it's no longer the given it once appeared to be.
Still, she'd surely take just *one* title if, you know, it was the *right* one.
Already the player in tour history with the most weeks at #1 *and* the most singles titles without having won a slam, Wozniacki finds herself in prime position to erase such personal history if she can duplicate her own past success at the U.S. Open, by far her best major over the course of her career. She's produced better there than than either Svitolina or Halep, and has played more finals on Ashe Court than Pliskova. Of the players still in the discussion for a top ranking or slam run, only Kerber has put up better recent results in NYC than the Dane, but the German will -- barring a season-turning result in Cincinnati -- arrive at the final slam of '17 with the least likely path to the top and most iffy ongoing form of any of the players in the mix (if the German is even legitimately "in the mix" at this point, which is questionable).
With such odds in her favor, Serena Williams out, and likely Vika Azarenka (what a sad, crazy story that's suddenly become) and Maria Sharapova either absent or hardly ready to contend, Wozniacki may never have a better chance to personally edit the first line of her career bio than she'll have starting two weeks from now in Flushing Meadows.
Will her moment finally arrive?
COMEBACK: Sloane Stephens/USA
...what a difference a week can make. While Stephens put up a good fight in her three-set loss to Simona Halep in Stanford, then reached the doubles final, she was still seeking her first singles win since her return from foot surgery (which kept her off tour for eleven months) as she began her third event of the season in Toronto. Well, let's just say she made up for lost time.
In the draw via a protected ranking entry (she came in at #934), Stephens took out Yulia Putintseva in three sets to finally record win #1 on the season, then she really caught a wave. Next to fall were none other than Petra Kvitova (three sets) and Angelique kerber (2 & 2 in fabulous fashion), followed by Lucie Safarova (7-5 3rd, after saving 3 MP) as Stephens reached her first career Premier 5 semi, and first SF of any kind since she won Charleston in April of last year. Stephens finally ran out of gas in the semis against Wozniacki, whose defensive skills proved to be a mountain too high to contend with at the end of a long, but amazingly fruitful, week. But the stunningly sudden advancement she made in Toronto will be apparent in the gargantuan ranking leap that will come on Monday, when she'll rise all the way to #152, up 752 spots from a week ago.
FRESH FACE: Cornelia Lister/SWE
...the Swede garnered some attention in this space in recent weeks with some results on the WTA tour, and she gets a bit more this week after taking a step down and continuing her success on the ITF circuit. In her home event in Bastad, the 23-year old made her way through qualifying with wins over a retiring Danka Kovinic, then Louisa Chirico, and, in Stanford, she and Lu Jiajing pulled off a straight sets doubles win in the 1st Round over Sabine Lisicki & Kristina Mladenovic. Lister followed those tour-level results with her maiden ITF singles title run (she already had 19 WD wins) in the $15K event in Las Palmas, Spain. A previous RU in a pair of $10K challengers in 2014 and '16, the #3-ranked Swede (at #492 heading into the week) grabbed the title while losing just one set all week. The #2 seed, she knocked off #5 Melanie Klaffner in the semis, then #3 Gaia Sanesi in the final.
Cornelia Lister vann finalen i $15K Las Palmas efter 6-4, 6-4 över Gaia Sanesi. Det är första ITF-titeln i singel i karriären! pic.twitter.com/iNLhO3euUZ— SweTennis (@SweTennis) August 12, 2017
DOWN: Simona Halep/ROU
...when is a good week also something of a bad week? Well, as usual, when Halep *doesn't* win a tournament, and manages to raise more questions than she answers.
Once again finding herself right in the middle of a multi-player race for #1 over the next few weeks, Halep arrived in Toronto as the defending Rogers Cup singles champ, looking to become the first woman since 2000 (and just the third ever since the tournament began its every-other-year site swap with Montreal in 1998) to defend the tournament title in a different city than the one in which she'd won it a year earlier (after Monica Seles 1997-98, and Martina Hingis 1999-00). Coming in off having retired in Washington due to heat illness, Halep rebounded quite well, reaching the SF without dropping a set after defeating Magdalena Rybarikova, Barbora Strycova and Caroline Garcia. But rain postponed her QF match against the Pastry, meaning she had to win it (4 & 2) on Saturday morning, then return later in the afternoon to once again face off with Elina Svitolina. They'd already played in two memorable matches this spring -- the Rome final, when a Halep ankle injury hampered her efforts in a loss, one which she'd soon avenge by staging an epic comeback vs. the Ukrainian in the Roland Garros QF a few weeks later -- and another key result in this budding rivalry seemed to be in order. But then THAT Simona showed up. As she had been all week, Svitolina was on her game like she hasn't been in a few months, but Halep never seemed to be truly invested in the match and, needless to say, it had to cause coach Darren Cahill to have a few bad flashbacks to what had previously been a turning point in his coach/player with the Romanian, when he'd briefly quit working with her after what he perceived as her giving up during a match in Miami.
Perhaps this match was the second phase of her trying D.C. experience, when she'd barely managed to get by against the weather one round *before* she was forced to retire, but after seeing the Swarmette come up small in other big moments over the past few years (including times when the #1 ranking or a slam title -- or both -- was a stake) it's oh-so-easy to wonder how much of it was just Simona taking another step back rather than forward. And that thought wasn't helped when, after the match, her answer when asked what happened to her on this day, well, just wasn't the sort of answer one would have preferred to hear.
Q. What do you think went wrong? HALEP: Well, I really don't know. So if you can analyze this match, I will be happy to listen. #RogersCup— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) August 12, 2017
To be continued.
ITF PLAYER: Vera Lapko/BLR
...while this week's $25K in Landisville, Pennsylvania wasn't the biggest ITF event in Week 32, it *was* the only to take place in North America as the string of $60K USTA-sponsored events to determine a WC berth winner into the U.S. Open MD (congrats again to Sonya Kenin for a second consecutive summer) ended last week. Just one more big challenger (the $100K in Vancouver next week) remains on the continent before the start of the play in New York City.
This week, 18-year old Lapko ('16 AO jr. champ) picked up her third career ITF singles crown (first of '17) in Landisville with a 4-6/6-4/7-6(4) win in the final over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who had twelve DF in the match. The Slovak managed to extend the match after trailing 4-2 in the 3rd set, but the deciding TB came only after, up 6-5, AKS raced for a ball at the net and put away a drop shot for a winner that would usually have given her a MP... except for the fact that she lost the point because she tumbled into the net. Lapko held to take things to the TB, where AKS led 3-0. But Lapko surged back to win it 7-4, ending the match on a dead net cord. Oh, Anna Karolina.
Still, for her part, AKS remains decidedly on the comeback trail. She didn't get her third '17 ITF title (she defeated Lapko in June for the second of her two consecutive $25K title runs), but at least she's managed to claw her way back inside the Top 200 after having ended the '16 season at #226, a full one hundred spots below where she's ended 2015. After what Schmiedlova has gone through on the court over most of the last year and a half, any arrow that remains pointed somewhat upward -- even if not directly perpendicular with the ground -- is a welcome condition.
CoCo Gauff, Charlotte Owensby and Gabriella Price
JUNIOR STARS: USA 14s and Ashley Kratzer/USA
...the current crop of U.S. rising stars and high-level juniors cut their teeth in the junior team event competitions, with their great success there ultimately leading to Captain Kathy Rinaldi being called upon to lead the big Fed Cup squad (which will play for the title in her first year at the helm come the fall). Well, the success continued on the lower level this week, as the Bannerettes picked up a record seventh ITF World Junior team crown in the competition in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
Led by a trio of Floridians -- Cori "CoCo" Gauff, Charlotte Owensby and Gabriella Price -- the U.S. went undefeated in round robin play, then advanced past Australia (QF) and Russia (SF) to set up a rematch of last year's final, where the Bannerettes lost out to Ukraine. This time, with Gauff (6-0 singles/3-1 doubles on the week) leading the way, the U.S. got a 2-1 win. 13-year old Gauff evened the tie with a 6-4/6-0 win over Dasha Lopatetskaya (the highest ranked girl in the competition, and the reigning European Jr. 14s champ), then teamed with Owensby to clinch the title with a deciding doubles victory. It's the U.S.'s fifth 14s title since 2007, a span during which the Bannerettes played in three other finals.
Gauff & Owensby clinch the win
In San Diego, #3-seeded Kratzer, the world #341 who turned pro last December, won the USTA 18s National Championship and earned a wild card berth into the U.S. Open in what will be her grand slam debut. Newport Beach, California native Kratzer posted wins over Michaela Gordon (QF) and RG girls champ Whitney Osuigwe (SF) to reach the final, where she defeated #33-seeded Duke freshman Kelly Chen (def. #1 seed Usue Arconada and #12 Caty McNally) 6-2/4-6/6-4 to take the title. Kratzer led 4-0 in the 3rd, only to see Chen stage a comeback to get back on serve. After ending Chen's run with a hold for 5-4, Kratzer got the break to close out the win.
In the USTA's other age-related competitions, Angelica Blake (16s), Robin Montgomery (14s) and Elena Yu (12s) were crowned champions.
DOUBLES: Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina, RUS/RUS
...all hail, the best doubles team in the world? With Bethanie Mattek-Sands' absence, the Hordettes surely have staked their claim to the honor this summer. Always a big title winning duo, the Russians added their third high-level crown (two Premiers and Wimbledon) of the season this weekend in Toronto, defending the Rogers Cup title they won last year in Montreal. They took the crown without dropping a set, extending their winning streak to ten matches (w/ one total set lost in their last two events). It's their eleventh win as a team, with six coming since last summer, including the Olympics and WTA Finals. The Russians posted a 6-4/6-0 win over Anna-Lena Groenefeld & Kveta Peschke (who'd defeated #2 seeds Y.Chan/Hingis and #3 Safarova/Stryocva en route) in the final on Sunday. Makarova/Vesnina double-bageled H.Chan/Niculescu in the championship match at SW19.
...6-4/6-0. Though they're the top two players on tour in '17 when it comes to match wins, these two couldn't get any more different when it comes to other numbers. While Wozniacki is 0-6 in finals, Svitolina is 5-0. The Ukrainian is 3-0 in big Premier finals this year, while the Dane is 0-3. That dynamic played out in the final as, after a tight first six games in the 1st set, Wozniacki dropped serve in a bad service game that included a poor attempt at the net, then a DF to break herself. She managed to break back (w/ Svitolina serving into the sun) a game later, but never won another game after that, with her forehand and serve letting her down time and time again, while Svitolina's shots were finding open spaces with room to spare inside the lines. Wozniacki double-faulted to break herself again in game #9, Svitolina held to claim the 1st set and then went on to end the match on an eight-game winning streak.
Ranked-934th Sloane Stephens takes out Putintseva 67 60 64. Picks up 1st:— WTA Scores (@Scores_WTA) August 7, 2017
win since July 2016
top 50 win since April 2016
MD win in Toronto pic.twitter.com/q4DqKHhTyF
2. Toronto 1st Rd. - Sloane Stephens def. Yulia Putintseva 6-7(4)/6-0/6-4
Toronto 2nd Rd. - Sloane Stephens def. Petra Kvitova 7-6(4)/3-6/6-2;
Toronto 3rd Rd. - Sloane Stephens def. Angelique Kerber 6-3/6-2
Toronto QF - Sloane Stephens def. Lucie Safarova 6-2/1-6/7-5
...I'd say this qualifies as a message a few weeks before the start of the Open. Sloane is tired of baby-steppin'. Safarova will get the first opportunity to see how long she can sustain this level of performance, for after failing to convert three MP vs. Stephens in Toronto she'll get another shot at her in the 1st Round at Cincinnati.
3. Toronto 1st Rd. - Varvara Lepchenko def. Jelena Ostapenko
...1-6/7-6(2)/7-6(5). The first sign of a crack in the exterior of the RG champ? After dominating the 1st, Ostapenko had a wild ride the rest of the way vs. Lepchenko. Even so, she came back from 0-3 in the 3rd before being nipped at the finish line. Still, Jelena does not take losing well...
Good. Most champions worth their salt hate losing as much, if not more, as they enjoy winning.
4. Toronto 2nd Rd. - Ekaterina Makarova def. Johanna Konta
...5-7/7-6(4)/6-3. Not the start to her summer hard court season that the Brit was looking for. In 2:25, Konta blew a 7-5/5-2 lead vs. the D.C. champ, failing to convert on two MP chances.
5. Toronto 1st Rd. - Barbora Strycova def. Kristina Mladenovic 6-2/6-3
Toronto 1st Rd. - Bianca Andreescu/Carson Branstine def. Kristina Mladenovic/Anastastia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5/2-6 [10-8]
...Mladenovic falls to 7-6 in singles since her QF run in Paris, then fell to 11-10 in '17 WD without ex-partner Garcia, losing to the two-time '17 junior doubles slam champion Canadian duo.
6. Toronto 1st Rd. - Daria Kasatkina def. Roberta Vinci 7-6(3)/7-6(1)
Toronto 2nd Rd. - Elina Svitolina def. Daria Kasatkina 7-6(4)/6-4
...it was a tale of three tie-breaks for the Hordette in Toronto, and a 6-4 set she lost in which she'd actually held a 4-0 lead on eventual champion Svitolina. Oh, well. At least she pulled off one the best tweener winners we'll see all year.
7. Toronto 1st Rd. - Magdalena Rybarikova def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
...7-5/6-0. In a match-up of two of the season's most unexpected slam semifinalists, lucky loser Rybarikova prevailed. She lost a round later to Halep, ending a crazy week that included a Q1 win over Kurumi Nara in which she squandered a 6-2/5-3 lead (and nearly another 5-3 lead in the 3rd, winning in a TB) and then lost in the Q2 via a 3rd set bagel delivered by Lepchenko.
8. USTA Nat'l Chsp. 18s QF - Whitney Osuigwe def. Claire Liu
...7-5/6-7(8)/6-4. Osuigwe once again outlasted Liu in a rematch of the RG girls final, but she failed to secure the U.S. 18s national title, losing in the semis to eventual champion Ashley Kratzer.
9. Toronto 1st Rd. - Timea Babos def. Bianca Andreescu
...6-4/6-1. The Hungarian ended her nine-match losing streak, but then fell love & 1 to Radwanska a round later. Still, the 17-year old -- the winner of the tour's latest Breakthrough of the Month award -- did this...
10. $25K Chiswick Final - Vitalia Diatchenko def. Viktoria Kuzmova
...6-3/6-4. The former "Serena Williams 1st Round Victim" of yore is finally healthy and back in form, winning her first challenger title in over two years. Here she is enjoying, ummm, a "spoil" of her victory, no matter how tiny it may be.
HM- Toronto 1st Rd. - Donna Vekic def. TPFKAGB
...6-3/6-4. What's-her-name's tenth 1st Round exit in 2017, and eighteenth since the start of 2016.
...7-5/6-7(3)/6-4. Avenging two of her '17 final losses (the Czech won out over the Dane in Doha & Eastbourne), Wozniacki overcame a slew of rain delays and a 5-1 1st set deficit to outlast Pliskova, who was in her first week of action since inheriting the #1 ranking from Kerber. Somewhat surprisingly, this was also Wozniacki's first career win over a world #1. Two of the Dane's eight career Top 3 wins have come this season vs. Pliskova (as #3 in the Miami SF).
2. Toronto 1st Rd. - VENUS WILLIAMS def. Irina-Camelia Begu
...6-1/3-6/6-3. While it took a while for Wozniacki to get *her* first match win in Toronto, she's got nothing on Venus. It took her over twenty years on tour to do it... as well as a long rain delay, and three sets in her opening match vs. the Romanian.
3. Toronto QF - Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Kveta Peschke def. CHAN YUNG-JAN/Martina Hingis
...6-4/6-4. With Wimbledon, this makes wins in TWO consecutive tournaments by ALG/KP over Chan & Hingis. It's also their first non-slam loss since falling in the Miami semifinals in March, ending a run of sixteen straight "regular" tour match wins.
4. Toronto Q2 - NAOMI OSAKA def. Barbora Krejcikova 1-6/7-6(4)/6-0
Toronto 3rd Rd. - KAROLINA PLISKOVA def. NAOMI OSAKA 6-2/6-7(4)/1-0 ret.
...Osaka saved a MP in qualifying vs. one Czech, but was ultimately forced to retire a few rounds later vs. another.
5. Toronto 3rd Rd. - Caroline Wozniacki def. AGA RADWANSKA
...6-3/6-1. When your longtime friend and recent wedding guest shows you little mercy on the court... until you meet at the net.
6. $15K Vienna Final - Clothilde de Bernardi def. GABRIELA PANTUCKOVA
...6-1/6-2. The Pastry wins her second ITF title in a row, dominating the Czech sister.
7. $15K Nonthaburi Final - SARA TOMIC def. Yuan Yue
...6-4/4-6/6-1. So, is 19-year old Sara now officially the "most dependable" Tomic? This is her third career challenger title run.
8. Toronto QF - NADIIA KICHENOK/ANASTASIA RODIONOVA def. Sania Mirza/Peng Shuai
...walkover. Too much sister to bother dealing with?
Flying in Toronto ?? pic.twitter.com/G0wCGKl0T5— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) August 9, 2017
Niagara falls are trully beautiful!!! pic.twitter.com/qkRsEWFg3g— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) August 11, 2017
5 - ELINA SVITOLINA, UKR (3 HC/2 RC)
3 - Karolina Pliskova, CZE (2 HC/1 GR)
2 - Johanna Konta, GBR (2 HC)
2 - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, RUS (HC/RC)
2 - Kiki Bertens, NED (2 RC)
2 - Katerina Siniakova, CZE (HC/RC)
*2017 WTA FINALS*
6 - CAROLINE WOZNIACKI, DEN (0-6)
5 - ELINA SVITOLINA, UKR (5-0)
4 - Kristina Mladenovic, FRA (1-3)
3 - Karolina Pliskova, CZE (3-0)
3 - Johanna Konta, GBR (2-1)
3 - Simona Halep, ROU (1-2)
3 - Anett Kontaveit, EST (1-2)
3 - Julia Goerges, GER (0-3)
14 [5/8/1] Angelique Kerber (7-7)
13 [6/4/3] Karolina Pliskova (6-7)
11 [3/2/6] CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (3-8)
11 [5/3/3] Simona Halep (7-4)
11 [5/5/1] Serena Williams (8-3)
9 [1/3/4] ELINA SVITOLINA (7-2)
*2017 WTA SF*
6 - CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (6-0)
6 - ELINA SVITOLINA (5-1)
6 - Johanna Konta (3-2+L)
6 - Karolina Pliskova (2-3+W)
5 - Kristina Mladenovic (4-1)
5 - SIMONA HALEP (3-2)
5 - Julia Goerges (3-2)
5 - Garbine Muguruza (1-4)
[2017 low-ranked SF]
NR - Maria Sharapova/RUS (Stuttgart)
#934 SLOANE STEPHENS/USA (TORONTO)
#340 Jana Fett/CRO (Hobart)
#254 Barbora Krejcikova/CZE (Nurnberg) - RU
#233 Marketa Vondrousova/CZE (Biel) - W
#168 Francesca Schiavone/ITA (Bogota) - W
21 - Angelique Kerber [8/11/2]
20 - Karolina Pliskova [8/6/6]
20 - SIMONA HALEP [9/6/5]
19 - ELINA SVITOLINA [6/7/6]
18 - Aga Radwanska [8/9/1]
17 - CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [7/4/6]
16 - Serena Williams [9/6/1]
*2017 CONSECUTIVE WTA FINALS*
3 - MAY/JUN - Simona Halep (Madrid/Rome/RG, WLL)
2 - FEB - Caroline Wozniacki (Doha/Dubai, LL)
2 - APR/MAY- Francesca Schiavone (Bogota/Rabat, WL)
2 - APR/MAY - A.Pavlyuchenkova (Monterrey/Rabat, WW)
2 - MAY - Kristina Mladenovic (Stuttgart/Madrid, LL)
2 - JUL/AUG - CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (Bastad/Toronto, LL)
*MULTIPLE 2017 FINAL MATCH-UPS*
2...Ka.Pliskova vs. Wozniacki (KP 2-0)
2...SVITOLINA vs. WOZNIACKI (ES 2-0)
*DEFEATED DEFENDING CHAMP, WON TITLE*
Saint Petersburg: Kristina Mladenovic, FRA (QF-Vinci)
Mallorca: Anastasija Sevastova, LAT (SF-Garcia)
TORONTO: ELINA SVITOLINA, UKR (SF-HALEP)
*WOZNIACKI TOP 3 WINS*
2017 KAROLINA PLISKOVA (Toronto QF)
2010 Vera Zvonareva (WTA SF)
2014 Maria Sharapova (WTA rr)
2017 Simona Halep (Eastbourne QF)
2009 Elena Dementieva (Charleston SF)
2014 Petra Kvitova (WTA rr)
2015 Simona Halep (Stuttgart SF)
2017 Karolina Pliskova (Miami SF)
*2017 REPEAT CHAMPIONS*
Brisbane (d) - Sania Mirza 2016-17
Taipei City (d) - Chan/Chan 2016-17
Madrid - Simona Halep 2016-17
Rome (d) - Martina Hingis 2016-17
Nurnberg - Kiki Bertens 2016-17
Stanford (d) - Abigail Spears 2016-17
ROGERS CUP (d) - MAKAROVA/VESNINA 2016-17
*2017 WTA DOUBLES FINALS - DUOS*
*2017 PREMIER MANDATORY/PREMIER 5 CHAMPIONS*
Dubai - Elina Svitolina, UKR
Indian Wells - Elena Vesnina, RUS
Miami - Johanna Konta, GBR
Madrid - Simona Halep, ROU
Rome - Elina Svitolina, UKR
Toronto - Elina Svitolina, UKR
Cincinnati - TBD
Wuhan - TBD
Beijing - TBD
Dubai - Makarova/Vesnina, RUS/RUS
Indian Wells - Y.Chan/Hingis, TPE/SUI
Miami - Dabrowski/Xu Yifan, CAN/CHN
Madrid - Y.Chan/Hingis, TPE/SUI
Rome - Y.Chan/Hingis, TPE/SUI
Toronto - Makarova/Vesnina, RUS/RUS
*RECENT JUNIOR TEAM FINALS*
[14s - ITF World Juniors]
2007 United States d. France
2008 United States d. Great Britain
2009 United States d. Czech Republic
2010 United States d. Ukraine
2011 Serbia d. United States
2012 Slovakia d. Great Britain
2013 United States d. Russia
2014 Russia d. Ukraine
2015 Russia d. United States
2016 Ukraine d. United States
2017 United States d. Ukraine
[16s - Junior Fed Cup]
2007 Australia d. Poland
2008 United States d. Great Britain
2009 Russia d. Germany
2010 Russia d. China
2011 Australia d. Canada
2012 United States d. Russia
2013 Russia d. Australia
2014 United States d. Slovakia
2015 Czech Republic d. United States
2016 Poland d. United States
*RECENT USTA 18s NATIONAL CHAMPIONS*
2012 Vicky Duval
2013 Sachia Vickery
2014 CiCi Bellis
2015 Sonya Kenin
2016 Kayla Day
2017 Ashley Kratzer
Stanford is over) it use to be one of my favorite tournaments! By the way my mom accidentally broke this beautiful trophy ?? I tolled her ma,please stop putting flowers in my trophies,but she didn't listen ?????? ,so once it slipped and ?????? but anyway all beautiful memories from summer 2007 would stay with me no matter what ) thanks for your messages and ?? I appreciate it ,you'r the best ??
CINCINNATI, OHIO USA [Premier 5/Hard]
16 Singles Final: Ka.Pliskova d. Kerber
16 Doubles Final: Mirza/Strycova d. Hingis/Vandeweghe
17 Top Seeds: Ka.Pliskova/Halep
#1 Ka.Pliskova d. #9 V.Williams
#4 Muguruza d. #12 Ostapenko
#5 Svitolina d. (WC) Stephens
#2 Halep d. #7 Konta
#1 Ka.Pliskova d. #4 Muguruza
#2 Halep d. #5 Svitolina
#1 Ka.Pliskova d. #2 Halep
..."I think you deserve to be #1...but maybe next time."
#1 Makarova/Vesnina d. Goerges/Savchuk
#3 Safarova/Strycova d. #2 Y.Chan/Hingis
#3 Safarova/Strycova d. #1 Makarova/Vesnina
...they have to lose sometime.
It's official. I no longer have ankles— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 13, 2017
All for now.