Tennis News Wire -
September 23-29, 2012
Singles - Final
(17) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 60 16 63
Doubles - Final
Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. (4) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) 61 64
- Petrova wins her 12th and biggest WTA title, her previous two biggest coming at $1,340,000 Premier-level events at Charleston and Berlin in 2006 (this one was a $2,168,400 Premier-level event); she is now 12-11 lifetime in WTA finals
- With wins over World No.7 Sara Errani, World No.9 Sam Stosur and World No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska this week, it is the first time Petrova has ever beaten three Top 10 players at the same tournament (and the only previous time she had beaten two at the same tournament was right here in Tokyo four years ago)
- Petrova was down 63 41 and a point from going down 63 51 against Errani in the quarterfinals (she ended up winning that match, 36 75 63)
- Petrova is projected to rise from No.18 to No.14 on the new rankings
- Radwanska is now 10-4 in WTA finals and is projected to stay at No.3
- Kops-Jones and Spears win their fifth WTA doubles title together; this is their second straight WTA doubles title together (they won Seoul last week) and their second Premier-level WTA doubles title together (they won Carlsbad this summer); Kops-Jones now has seven WTA doubles titles to her name and Spears nine
Nadia Petrova: "After running out of gas in the second set, I don't know where I found the strength and willpower to fight in the third set, but I did and it feels amazing. This is the biggest tournament I've ever won. It's a great accomplishment. And at the beginning of the tournament I definitely didn't expect to win the title, because of the back injury I've been struggling with. I'm so happy to be here right now.
"There are a few players who have won Grand Slams after 30, and I feel like I don't want to walk away from tennis without accomplishing the same. I still find the will to wake up every morning and go on the court and try to improve with each day. If it's meant to happen it will, but if it doesn't, at the end of my career I'll know I've done everything I could."
Agnieszka Radwanska: "I'm disappointed - I wanted to win this title so much, and when you're so close and feel you can make it, it's always emotional if you don't. But she was playing really well. Her biggest weapon is her serve, for sure, but also her return was very good today, and I had to serve really well myself to hold my serve. But overall I think those two shots were working really well for her today."
Raquel Kops-Jones: "We were trying to contain ourselves after we won - we kind of wanted to dance. It's not a Grand Slam, but for us it's pretty close. We put in a lot of work this year and it's our biggest win ever."