epa03424577 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their final match at the China Open in Beijing, China, 07 October 2012. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG |
It’s rare a World No.1 goes six and a half months without winning a WTA title but it happened – but Victoria Azarenka put an emphatic stop to it in Beijing this past week, not losing a set, in fact barely losing any games, en route to the China Open title. She defeated Maria Sharapova handily in the final, 63 61, winning her fifth WTA title of the year and first since Indian Wells in mid-March. She now has 13 career WTA titles.
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their first WTA doubles title together, and the Istanbul field was also set in stone,with Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Li Na completing the elite eight.
The ITF has announced the draws for the two Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I second round play-off ties taking place on 24-26 October. The two winners of these ties will remain in Zone Group I in 2015, while the two losers will be relegated to 2015 Zone Group II.
The 1987 Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash and the two-time French Open winner Sergi Bruguera have added their names to an all-star line-up in the Statoil Masters Tennis, the IMG-owned and staged event held at the Royal Albert Hall, 3-7 December.
It has been a rough week for Americans in Basel, Valencia, and in Singapore. Steve Johnson lost his Swiss Indoors Basel opener to Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 6-4. John Isner and Stefan Kozlov, the only two USA representatives in the Valencia singles draw, lost in the first round. Even Serena Williams suffered a shocking 6-0, 6-2 defeat to Simona Halep at the women's year-end championship.