Indian Wells, CA, USA
Results - Sunday,
March 16, 2014
(20) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (2) Agnieszka Radwanska
(POL) 62 61
Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (5) Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND) 76(5)
Pennetta wins her 10th WTA title and first since 2010.
Pennetta's win-loss record in WTA finals now stands at
10-13, with three of these victories coming on
Pennetta wins the first Premier Mandatory title of her
career; her biggest title before this came in at the
Premier-level Los Angeles in 2009.
Pennetta is the lowest-ranked player to lift the title
since World No.133 Clijsters in 2005; she is the fourth
player outside the Top 20, after S.Williams (1999),
Hantuchova (2002) and Clijsters, to triumph.
Pennetta was taken to three sets three times en route to
the title, against Townsend, Stosur and Stephens.
Radwanska falls to 13-6 in WTA finals, and 10-5 in
Pennetta and Radwanska were meeting for the seventh
time; Pennetta, who also won earlier this year in Dubai,
now trails the head-to-head record 4-3.
- Pennetta will rise to No.12
while Radwanska will stay at No.3 when the new rankings
and Peng win their 11th WTA title together and second of
2014; Hsieh now has 16 career titles to her name, while
Peng has 15.
and Peng maintain their unbeaten record in WTA finals,
which began in Bali in 2008.
Flavia Pennetta: "I'm happy.
Really happy. I think I need a few days to realize this.
Right now I'm too calm, I think. I called my dad, and he
couldn't breathe. I told him, 'Papa, breathe!' After so
many years and so much work and everything, this is the
moment I was waiting for. And it comes when you least
expect it. In the beginning of the tournament I never
expected to be the champion, or even be in the final or
semifinal. I was just here trying to play my best
tennis. For me, this is something I was waiting for a
Agnieszka Radwanska: "I really
tried everything I could to push myself and play 100%
today, because this is the final, but unfortunately I
was in too much pain. It's just the worst thing for a
player to not be able to give 100% in the final of a big
event. It was still a good two weeks for me. My first
final here, a big event, and still a good result."
"Every time we just try to fight every point. Like
today, first set we were down, it was really windy, and
they're a really good doubles team. Cara Black has lots
of experience in doubles, especially, and they were
giving us a lot of pressure. So we're happy we won."
Hsieh Su-Wei: "We've known each other a very
long time. Sometimes we don't practice together – like
at Wimbledon we never practiced together – but every
time we go on court together, we try every point. If she
misses a shot, I give her support. When I miss, she
supports me. It's very important in doubles. When we get
into a final, we don't think, we just try every point.
This is the key for us."