September 25, 2013 WTA Seoul – WTA Guangzhou – WTA Tokyo – WTA Ningbo
The semi-final match between Anastasia Pavylachenkova and Francesca Schiovone 76(11) 76(6), won by the Russian, was one of the best matches of the season – and the first set was the best set of the season so far.
Some of the best tennis you will ever see outside of a grand slam.
The doubles event was won by Chin-Wei Chan of Taipei and Yi-Fan Xu of China in straight sets 75 63 over the top seed (or “rose” as they are called in Seoul) Americans Spears and Cops-Jones.
Tough luck for American Vania King in Guangzhou – she lost the singles final to Shuai Zhang of China 76 61. Then in a heartbreak with doubles partner Galiana Voskoboeva dropped the doubles final to Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai 63 46 12-10.
On to Tokyo where the big shocker was Venus over number one-seed Vika 62 64. The home crowd must have been happy with the big 1st round for Japanese tennis – Ayumi Morita, Misaki Doi and Kimiko Date-Krumm all coming through with victories.
Good victory for Canada’s Aleksandra Wosniak 26 64 62 over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone. It was the first time she looked comfortably mobile and her first major win, going the distance against a quality opponent since her spring injury woes and steady return.
And in the battle of big North American guns Eugenie Bouchard out-shot Sloane Stephens 57 76 63. Genie dropped the first set after leading 50, but won a classic second set tiebreaker 9-7 and broke Sloane’s serve in the third for the match.