2005 Philadelphia & Quebec City WTA Singles Results Amelie Mauresmo & Amy Frazier, Champions
WTA Oct 31-Nov 6Advanta Championships,
Philadelphia, PA Tier II
Villanova Univ. Pavilion
$585,000 - 28 players - indoor: hard
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# 4 Amelie Mauresmo, # 8 Elena Dementieva
# 10 Nadia Petrova, # 18 Nicole Vaidisova
Quebec City, CAN Tier III
Pavillon de l'Éducation physique et des sports (PEPS),
Laval University campus
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$170,000 - 32 players - indoor: hard
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# 13 Nathalie Dechy, # 43 Marion Bartoli
# 67 Antonella Serra Zanetti, # 62 Laura Granville
On Sunday in the final of the Advanta Championships in Philadelphia, the tourney champ for the past two years, 3rd(top)-seeded 26-year-old # 4 Amelie Mauresmo of France (residence: Geneva, Switzerland), won it again, defeating 4th(2nd)-seeded 24-year-old # 8 Elena Dementieva from Moscow, Russia, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 (Amelie is shown after match point). Amelie has never lost a match at the Advanta, her career record there is 14-0.
Amelie said: "There were a lot of ups and downs for me, but also for [Elena]. I lost my rhythm in the second set and felt like I let her back in the match. I wasn't aggressive and started to feel it physically, but I still managed to stay in control of the points in the third. After leading 4-1, I told myself that I can't lose like that. I kept thinking I could do what I did in the first set and kept my composure. I was more aggressive, coming in more at 5-4 and 6-5 and putting pressure on her." WTA story
Elena said: "I'm disappointed about the final because it was so close and I came back from being down, but I had a great tournament, and now I'm going to Los Angeles. I did what I could, but Amélie fought to the last ball. She likes to play on this surface and obviously feels good here."
Amelie now leads Elena 7-4 in career matches, and won the last time they played (in Filderstadt a month ago). Elena won their last three matches before that. Amelie is now 18-17 in WTA singles finals; Elena is 4-10.
Dementieva:wallpaper - career record
In the final of the Bell Challenge on Sunday in Quebec City, 33-year-old 6th-seeded # 71 Amy Frazier from Rochester Hills, Michigan, defeated 21-year-old 8th-seeded # 81 Sofia Arvidsson from Halmstad, Sweden, 6-1, 7-5 (Amy is also shown after match point).
Amy said: "In the first set I started out very well and I felt in control. I was a little nervous and just tried to keep moving my feet. The second set I think I was a little lucky to get out of."
About being a little past the average WTA retirement age, 33-years-young, Amy said: "I'm still excited to play so I go out and play. I don't plan that far ahead. I haven't had a great year but to end the year by winning a tournament is so exciting and gives me the desire to keep playing." WTA story
Sofia said: "I was so nervous, especially in the first set because it was my first final. [Amy is] a tough opponent because she's very consistent and doesn't seem to miss many shots. I started playing better in the second set but she kept fighting. There were a few balls that I should have put in the court and things might have changed if I'd gotten them."
Amy has now won 8 WTA singles titles in 15 finals; Sofia was playing in her first WTA singles final. They had never before met on the field of combat.
In the Quebec City doubles final, two Russkis, 23-year-old Anastassia Rodionova & 19-year-old Elena Vesnina both won their first WTA titles (singles or doubles) by defeating 20-year-old Ashley Harkleroad of the US (who left the WTA Tour in 2004 after struggling with injuries but returned to play this year), and her partner Liga Dekmeijere of Latvia (yes, Liga from Riga) 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-2.
There was no live scoring this week, but this year the Advanta website began updating game scores during matches. Thank you, Philadelphians.
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The main draw for Philadelphia has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.
The time in Philadelphia is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) minus 5 hours. That equals US Eastern Standard Time, which is PST +3 hours.
Quebec City:interactive satellite photo of Quebec City centered on Laval U's PEPS facility
The main draw for Quebec City has 8 seeds, with NO 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.
The time in Quebec City is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) minus 5 hours. That equals US Eastern Standard Time, which is PST +3 hours.
WTA SCOREBOARD: Philadelphia & Quebec City
|Philadelphia, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 9am|
losers' prize: $4,025 US; points: 1
#10 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #176 q Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-4, 6-2 Wed
#18 s7 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #155 q Vanessa Henke GER 6-1, 6-1 Tue
*#111 Tatiana Panova RUS d #19 s8 Jelena Jankovic SCG 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 Mon
*#37 Sesil Karatancheva BUL d #26 s9 Vera Zvonareva RUS 7-5, 6-3 Tue
#32 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #57 Iveta Benesova CZE 7-5, 6-4 Tue
#39 Kveta Peschke CZE d #48 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6-1 Wed
#40 Klara Koukalova CZE d #169 wc Ahsha Rolle USA 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 Mon
*#88 Lisa Raymond USA d #52 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-1 Tue
*#86 Mashona Washington USA d #58 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 Mon
*#191 q Angelika Bachmann GER d #59 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG 6-0 4-1 retired-- left wrist sprainMon
#73 Martina Sucha SVK d #101 LL Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 Tue
*#374 wc Yaroslava Shvedova RUS d #104 q Hana Sromova CZE 6-2, 6-1 Mon
|Philadelphia, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am WTA story:Wed - Thu|
losers' prize: $7,600 US; points: 25
#4 s3 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #32 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-3, 6-4 Thu
#8 s4 wc Elena Dementieva RUS d #191 q Angelika Bachmann GER 6-3, 6-4 Wed
#10 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #374 wc Yaroslava Shvedova RUS 6-2, 6-2 Thu
#18 s7 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #40 Klara Koukalova CZE 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Wed
No photos of this scenic match were posted online, so here is Nicole at the
"Fox Chase Cancer Center First Serve Reception" which she attended with Advanta CEO Dennis Alter.
*#39 Kveta Peschke CZE d #37 Sesil Karatancheva BUL 6-1, 6-0 Thu
#73 Martina Sucha SVK d #144 LL Angela Haynes USA 7-6(4), 6-3 Wed
#86 Mashona Washington USA d #111 Tatiana Panova RUS 7-6(4), 6-3 Wed
#88 Lisa Raymond USA d #207 LL Stephanie Gehrlein GER 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 Thu
Lisa serving to Stephanie
|Philadelphia, QFs, Fri 11am WTA story|
losers' prize: $14,100 US; points: 49
#4 s3 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #86 Mashona Washington USA 6-3, 6-4
#8 s4 wc Elena Dementieva RUS d #39 Kveta Peschke CZE 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
and Elena after match point, knowing she is going to the WTA Championships
#10 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #73 Martina Sucha SVK 7-5, 7-6(5)
#18 s7 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #88 Lisa Raymond USA 6-4, 6-1
|Philadelphia, SFs, Sat 4:30pmWTA story|
losers' prize: $26,500 US; points: 88
#4 s3 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #18 s7 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 7-5, 7-5
#8 s4 wc Elena Dementieva RUS d #10 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS walkover-- right heel bruise
pro set exhibition: #86 Mashona Washington d Elena Dementieva 5-4(5)
Elena playing Mashona
|Philadelphia, Final, Sun |
loser's prize: $49,500 US; points: 137
winner's prize: $93,000 US; points: 195
#4 s3 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #8 s4 wc Elena Dementieva RUS 7-5, 2-6, 7-5
|Philadelphia, Doubles Final, Sun|
losers' prize: $15,500 US
winners' prize: $29,000 US
cdr6 s1 Cara Black & Rennae Stubbs d cdr7 s2 Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6(4)
Current WTA doubles #1 Cara Black & doubles # 5 Rennae Stubbs
Philadelphia, Qual Finals, Sun Oct 23
losers' prize: $2,150 US
*#155 Vanessa Henke GER d #101 Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-4, 6-3
#104 Hana Sromova CZE d #144 Angela Haynes USA 7-6(7), 6-2
#176 Tatiana Poutchek BLR d #257 Chanelle Sheepers RSA 6-1, 6-1
#191 Angelika Bachmann GER d #207 Stephanie Gehrlein GER 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA flu
#3 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS r thumb sprain
#7 Venus Williams USA left knee
#9 s5 Patty Schnyder SUI left hand contusion
#11 Serena Williams USA left knee & ankle
#22 Anna-Lena Groenfeld GER
#23 Alicia Molik AUS vestibular neuronitis
#47 Shahar Peer ISR
#50 Akiko Morigami JPN
#64 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN
And Canadian Heidi El Tabakh (on the right-- the name doesn't sound French, so she must be Scottish-Canadian) was cheerful despite having been narrowly defeated, 7-6(2), 7-5, in her qualifying semifinal.
|Quebec City, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 11am|
losers' prize: $1,260 US; points: 1
#13 s1 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #118 Ashley Harkleroad USA 6-4, 6-1 Wed
#43 s3 Marion Bartoli FRA d #96 Sandra Kloesel GER 6-1, 6-2 Tue
#67 s5 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA d #115 Camille Pin FRA 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 Mon
#62 s4 Laura Granville USA d #317 q Ansley Cargill USA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#71 s6 Amy Frazier USA d #201 wc Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6) Mon
*#159 wc Stéphanie Dubois CAN d #75 s7 Jamea Jackson USA 7-5, 6-4 Mon
#81 s8 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #162 q Vilmarie Castellvi PUR 6-2, 7-5 Tue
#83 s9 Julia Schruff GER d #107 Abigail Spears USA 7-5, 6-3 Tue
*#407 q Youlia Fedossova FRA d #89 Kristina Brandi PUR 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#90 Emma Laine FIN d #351 q Sarah Borwell GBR 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*#197 Henrieta Nagyova SVK d #92 Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Mon
#106 Shenay Perry USA d #199 LL Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Tue
*#129 Elena Vesnina RUS d #109 Severine Bremond FRA 6-3, 7-6 Mon
#124 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG d #316 LL Diana Ospina USA 7-6(9), 1-6, 6-3 Tue
*#362 Anne Keothavong GBR d #136 Michaela Pastikova CZE 6-0, 6-4 Mon
*#175 Anastassia Rodionova RUS d #146 Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN 7-5, 6-4 Tue
|Quebec City, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am WTA story:Wed - Thu|
losers' prize: $2,155 US; points: 16
#13 s1 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #124 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG 6-1, 7-6(5) Thu
#43 s3 Marion Bartoli FRA d #90 Emma Laine FIN 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 Thu
*#129 Elena Vesnina RUS d #67 s5 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-3, 6-3 Wed
*#197 Henrieta Nagyova SVK d #62 s4 Laura Granville USA 6-2, 7-5 Wed
#71 s6 Amy Frazier USA d #407 q Youlia Fedossova FRA 6-3, 6-0 Wed
#81 s8 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #362 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-3, 6-1 Wed
*#106 Shenay Perry USA d #83 s9 Julia Schruff GER 7-6(4), 6-3 Thu
#159 wc Stéphanie Dubois CAN d #175 Anastassia Rodionova RUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thu
|Quebec City, QFs, Fri noon WTA story|
losers' prize: $3,900 US; points: 30
#13 s1 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #159 wc Stéphanie Dubois CAN 2-6, 6-0, 6-0
#43 s3 Marion Bartoli FRA d #106 Shenay Perry USA 6-0, 6-4
Marion (left), and her semifinal opponent Sofia Arvidsson posed for some pics (on Friday?),
including this one in front of the historic Chateau Frontenac, where some early snow was falling.
#71 s6 Amy Frazier USA d #197 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 6-4, 6-1
#81 s8 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #129 Elena Vesnina RUS 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
|Quebec City, SFs, Sat 12:30pm WTA story|
losers' prize: $7,400 US; points: 55
*#71 s6 Amy Frazier USA d #13 s1 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-4, 7-5
*#81 s8 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #43 s3 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 1-0 retired-- dizziness
|Quebec City, Final, Sun|
loser's prize: $14,280 US; points: 85
winner's prize: $27,000 US; points: 120
#71 s6 Amy Frazier USA d #81 s8 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 7-5
|Quebec City, Doubles Final, Sun|
losers' prize: $4,050 US
winners' prize: $7,530 US
*cdr284 Anastassia Rodionova & Elena Vesnina d cdr274 s4 Liga Dekmeijere & Ashley Harkleroad 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-2
Anastassia & Elena with their first WTA title trophies
Quebec City, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 24
losers' prize: $630 US
#162 Vilmarie Castellvi PUR d #339 Leticia Sobral BRA 1-6, 6-1, 6-1
*#317 Ansley Cargill USA d #199 Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
*#351 Sarah Borwell GBR d #316 Diana Ospina USA 6-1, 6-4
#407 Youlia Fedossova FRA d #416 Antonia Matic GER 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Quebec City, Withdrawals
#12 Anastasia Myskina RUS r shoulder
#20 s2 Daniela Hantuchova SVK shoulder strain
#36 Shinobu Asagoe JPN
#69 Karolina Sprem CRO
#85 Mara Santangelo ITA
#93 Sybille Bammer AUT
#95 Rika Fujiwara JPN
#119 Meilen Tu USA ankle injury
(Nov 1, 2005) The Advanta tourney was devastated on Tuesday by the withdrawal of the top two seeds. # 1 Lindsay Davenport has the flu, and # 3 Maria Sharapova sprained her right thumb. Both were replaced by "Lucky Losers" (players who lost their qualifying finals), who received 1st round byes.
(Oct 31, 2005) Daniela Hantuchova has withdrawn from Quebec City due to a shoulder strain, and the draw has been (very properly) rearranged.
(Oct 31, 2005) 5th-seeded # 9 Patty Schnyder has withdrawn from Philadelphia due to the left wrist injury she incurred slamming her racket while upset with her play in the Linz semifinals (she doesn't think it was smart either) and that draw has also been rearranged.
(Oct 30, 2005) # 8 Elena Dementieva, who had said she was finished for the season after her loss in Linz, is in the Philadelphia draw as a late-entry wild card.
Elena has a good chance to qualify for the WTA Championships in LA, because # 6 Justine Henin-Hardenne will not play due to her ongoing hamstring injury. Elena needs to earn 99 points in Philadelphia to pass Venus Williams in the standings and earn a place in LA; Elena would also qualify if any more of the players ahead of her withdraw due to injury (both Venus Williams and Patty Schnyder withdrew from play this week due to injuries).
(Oct 25, 2005) # 12 Anastasia Myskina (who would have been the top seed) has withdrawn from the Bell Challenge due to an unspecified right shoulder problem (which might the same shoulder pain that has troubled Anastasia off and on for serveral years now).
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This Czech-American tennis player, who though has now retired, has made such an indelible mark in the world of tennis that people shall continue to remember her for ages to come. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, she found her first tennis coach in her mother, who raised her up as a single parent from her tender age of three. She started out her stint in tennis quite early on and tasted success at the age of 15, when she won the Czechoslovakia National Tennis championship. Since then, there was no looking back.
The very next year, in 1973, she debuted in the United States Lawn Tennis Association’s professional tour. However, her first actual “professional” move was winning the singles title in Orlando, Florida in 1974. She captured the World No.1 ranking for the first time, when she won the Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Chris Evert. She won this thrice, besides winning also the French Open in 1982. Thereafter, she became the most dominant player in the territory of women’s tennis. The period spanning from 1982-84 was the most prosperous for her, during which she had her maximum victories, despite a few setbacks. Her winning streak continued unabated even in the couple of years that followed, during which she made a record of 74-matches win. The match between her and Chrish Evert in the French Open final of 1985, is considered by many to be the best women’s match of all times.
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