Wednesday Draw

September 25, 2013 WTA Seoul – WTA Guangzhou – WTA Tokyo – WTA Ningbo

fsSome absolutely fabulous tennis played at the tournament in Seoul.

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.

nastyThe beauty of it was, for the Seoul fans especially, that the final played 24 hours later was even better.

Some of the best tennis you will ever see outside of a grand slam.


agaseoulCongratulations to Aga Radwanska, who kept her cool and came through in the clutch holding serve late in the third set while saving off three break points.

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.

shuaizhangOn 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.

ayumiOnly Risa Ozaki didn’t come through the round, dropping to China’s Shuai Peng 62 61.

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.

bouchardAnd 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.


DJ Skoal


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