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ROYAL INDIAN OPEN
November 5-11, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Singles - Final
(7) Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. (5) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 62 63
Doubles - Final (played Saturday)
(2) Bratchikova/Kalashnikova (RUS/GEO) d. (4) Glushko/Lertcheewakarn (ISR/THA) 60 46 108 (Match TB)
- Svitolina wins the biggest title of her career (she had four ITF Women's Circuit titles, the biggest of which was a $50,000 this year)
- Svitolina emerged from a very experienced final four to win the title, with former No.4 Date-Krumm, former No.9 Petkovic and former No.19 Tanasugarn the other three players in the semifinals (Svitolina came in at No.156 with a career-high of No.133 - she is projected to surpass that on the new rankings)
- Svitolina served up 25 aces in five matches en route to the title (including 10 against Petkovic in the semifinals and 6 against Date-Krumm in the final)
- Date-Krumm is more than twice the age of Svitolina (42 to 18); Date-Krumm was ranked No.7 in the world the day Svitolina was born (September 12, 1994)
- Bratchikova and Kalashnikova win their second doubles title of any level together (they won an ITF Women's Circuit title together in 2009)
Elina Svitolina: "The win over Petkovic yesterday gave me a lot of confidence - she's a great player, she was Top 10. I had to play really well. Today I knew how Kimiko plays and knew I just had to play every ball, every point and every game as the last one - I had to stay really focused. And it all went pretty well."
Kimiko Date-Krumm: "It was not my day - my tactics weren't working. She has a lot of power but she doesn't just hit the ball hard, she's also smart. Now a lot of players just hit the ball, but she was mixing it up, using wide serves and more. I haven't been winning so much this year, so finally to do so well at the end of the year makes me very happy. I will try to keep doing well as I have two more ITF tournaments to play in the next few weeks."