Stosur Finally Beats Sharapova; Wozniacki Wins At WTA Championships
by Staff | October 26th, 2011, 12:46 am

It took her ten tries but Sam Stosur finally beat Maria Sharapova, and she did it at a pretty good time. The Australian upended Sharapova 6-1, 7-6 on the opening day of the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

“Obviously it’s a big feat for me. You never want to lose to someone 10 times in a row,” Stosur beamed said. “I was feeling pretty focused, relaxed and ready to go. I did a few things differently and thankfully it paid off.”

Sharapova, a former champion at the WTA year-end event, was playing her first event in a month since injuring her ankle.

“It’s obviously tough to come back after a month and compete at this level but the good thing is I gave myself a chance and did everything I could to even be here, so I’m happy,” she said “I still have a couple of matches to go and time to improve”

Top ranked Caroline Wozniacki was also a winner, defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

“In a match like this, it’s small points and small things that make a difference,” Wozniacki said. “I won most of the important points in the third set. I just kept focusing on one point at a time.”

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova cruised past Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4. With Wozniacki’s win, the lefty was all but eliminated from having a chance to finish No. 1 – the Dane needs only to play tomorrow.

The No. 1 ranking will go to either Wozniacki or Sharapova which is largely dependent upon who gets to the final between the two. Neither girl won a Grand Slam in 2011.

On day two of round robin play, Stosur returns to face Azarenka. Sharapova clashes with Li Na and Wozniacki meets Zvonareva.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sinan Erdem Dome (from 17.00hrs)
1. Samantha Stosur vs. Victoria Azarenka
2. Maria Sharapova vs. Li Na
3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Vera Zvonareva

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11 Comments for Stosur Finally Beats Sharapova; Wozniacki Wins At WTA Championships

dari Says:

Ack! Maria withdrew entirely from the wta championships! Says the ankle is not healed as well as necessary to keep playing. Bummer

Kimmi Says:

dari, not so many people from this site are watching the WTA championships, that a pity. I read about sharapova..maybe its better she quit, the way she is playing i dont think she would’ve a chance against azarenka.

and why did stosur lose so bad to azarenka? year end championships should not have score like 2 and 2.

dari Says:

Well, I’m not technically watching, kimmi, just checking lives scores and reading news ;)
But maybe I will look for a replay and see what was up with sam to get the beatdown or what vika was doing so well.

BT Says:

Azarenka, Sharapova and Pennetta are three players who really have Stosur’s number. She really seems to struggle against them.

The Wikipedia page for this years championships has good info:

Kimmi Says:

I was checking live score too. some of the matches were not too bad, like zvonareva vs wozniacki today seem to be good.

All other matches were kind of one sided. Its ironic Li Na wins a match today beating a top 10 player after losing a series of first round matches against lesser players..It probably says more about sharapova state than Li Na’s

Kimmi Says:

BT – now stosur needs to beat Li Na to reach the semi. If Li Na beats bartoli it will be tough for stosur.

Kimmi Says:

sorry, Li Na has to beat azarenka or stosur. I got confused with bartoli, she is sharapova alternate.

grendel Says:

I watched a little bit of Azarenka against Stosur, Kimmi – she looked formidable. Then I saw the last couple of games of the Li Na match.

Apparently, she was serving for the match for the 2nd time when I tuned in. She went down 0-30, and looked a gonner. One first serve of hers practically reached the back netting. Trouble is, Sharapova was quite unable to take advantage. It was terrific theatre, with one player evidently hobbled in the body, the other hobbled in the mind. And in between the absurdities, there was one high class rally.

And then you’d see Li Na barely able to stand she was so nervous. Strangely gripping stuff. Afterwards, Li Na said “Tennis is easy. You don’t need to think too much about it. It’s black and white.” Ho, ho, ho, we have a humourist here I see, one with a nice bit of ironic self-reference.

Wozniacki was beaten, and then it was announced she was ending the year for 2nd time as #1. Sharapova remarked:”It’s an incredible achievement to stay in that position for so many weeks.” That’s a nice tribute from a grand slam winner, in trouble at the moment, to a woman who has been derided by some as an unworthy #1. I didn’t expect that kind of touch from Sharapova, glad to be enlightened.

Kimmi Says:

thanks grendel, good to hear from someone who has seen the matches. Yes, Li Na was 5-2 up..serving for the match in the second set. The only thing i could think when sharapova was making a comeback is “she must be nervous”. well. she hasn’t won a match for over two months, it must have been tough. Good that she was able to win though, this could be what she needs to get the confidence back.

wozniacki will find it tough to stay at the top next season. players have figured her out. controlled aggression, you can beat wozniacki. easier said than done….zvonareva did that today i think.

carlo Says:

I will be watching this weekend.

Go Kvitova!

Kimberly Says:

I think vera has a decent record against woz watching the reply of sharapova v nA li. Pretty tragic. To be honest both players look terrible

Terrible injury myself during a usta league match and had to retire after winning the first set 64 and going down 02 in the second with acute tendenotis is the lower right thumb (I am a lefty). Thinking of getting a cortisone shot. Anyone ever done that? I’m supposed to play a tourney mixed dubs with kaiser and singles and don’t want to miss it! The doctor said no tennis for six to eight weeks but I just don’t know if I can accept that.

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