Kvitova Wins WTA Champs, Tsonga and Cilic Collect Titles
by Staff | October 30th, 2011, 8:30 pm

Wimbledon Champ Kvitova Wins Year-end WTA Championships

The WTA Championships limped to a finish on Sunday when Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova made good on her first Slam title four months ago, defeating Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to finish the year at No. 2 on the WTA Rankings.
Lacking WTA superstars Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters due to injury, the event also saw former No. 1 Maria Sharapova drop out mid-event with injury.

Kvitova broke early in the third set and rode out the break on serve 6-3.
“It was unbelievable tennis,” Kvitova said. “We were both really fighting. Every game and every set was very close. Maybe I played better on the important points in the match. We both played some of our best here in Istanbul today — it was a final, so why not!” Her six titles on the year equal world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to end the season.
“It’s hard to lose, but I’m glad I lost to such a champion who deserved to win,” Azarenka said. “Petra was amazing today. She really did a great job.”

Tsonga Comeback Sinks Del Potro in ATP Vienna Crown

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga increased his chances of qualifying for the ATP year-end championships by coming from a set down to defeat former US Open champ Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in Vienna on Sunday for the Erste Bank Open title.

“I will try to take all the pressure off myself. I just want to play every tournament and enjoy it,” Tsonga said of his effort to qualify for the ATP Masters. “I will try to play my best tennis and not think about it the next two weeks, so we’ll see. But of course I hope I will get there.”

Tsonga broke serve in the seventh game of the final set, and served out the set at love. “I broke him back and came back in this final, and finally I did it,” Tsonga said. “It was very special because at the end there was the retirement of Thomas Muster, and Goran Ivanisevic, one of  my favorite players, was there. It was a great final and it’s going to stay in my memories.” It was the second title of the year for Tsonga after Metz.

Cilic Outlasts Tipsy for 1st 2011 Title at St. Petersburg

No. 4 seed Marin Cilic upset No. 2 seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to capture his first title of the year on Sunday at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, stopping Tipsarevic from winning a second consecutive title after Moscow.

After winning the final four games, Cilic improved to 6-1 against Tipsarevic. “I managed to push myself into a higher gear in the last set,” Cilic said. “I was close in my other finals [this year] and I think I learned a little bit from them. Today, that pushed me and in the third set, I played my best tennis of the season.”

The 23-year-old Cilic lost in finals this year at Marseille (l. to Robin Soderling), Umag (l. to Alexandr Dolgopolov) and Beijing (l. to Tomas Berdych). Tipsarevic dropped to 2-5 in career finals.

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14 Comments for Kvitova Wins WTA Champs, Tsonga and Cilic Collect Titles

Colin Says:

The WTA Championships “limped to a finish”?
What a pathetic, mean-spirited statement. Did this clown even watch any of the match?
Petra Kvitova is the most exciting female player to have arrived for some time and, with a little more maturity, may well go on to dominate the sport for years. Furthermore, the event was well attended and well run. Lots of kids in the crowd – will we soon see Turkish players emerging?
I bet there are a lot of tournament directors round the world who would love to see their event “limp” with such success!

BT Says:

Well said Colin!

dari Says:

You’re right, Colin, that was a hell of a limp!
Congrats to kvitova, and really vika, too, she has made some improvements this year and I hope she takes the next step in 2012. And these two against each other is a fun match.

alison hodge Says:

congrats to petra and to vika for putting up a great fight,however just to go off topic, id also like to say congrats to our girl elena baltacha on moving up to 50 in the world rankings,us brits now have 3 girls in the top 100,baltacha,watson and keothavong,hopefully laura robson will join them eventually even though she has someway to go yet at 135,however a great time to be a brit in terms of tennis,shame about our boys except for andy who really need to raise there game,still well done girls.

margot Says:

aloson, Fleming and Hutchins just won at St Peterburg :)
Lots of under 20 talent around, hope they make some tiny little ripples soon :)
jane: am going to 02, wouldn’t miss it for anything, little chance to see top players in UK otherwise, would sell own grannie…sorry gran…;)

margot Says:

sorry alison, just mis-typed your name. Oh for an edit button, as I keep saying….

jane Says:

Well put, Colin – to add to what you already said, the final match itself was a three-setter which was full of twists and turns, with plenty of excitement. It didn’t feel like an anti-climax at all. In fact, it felt more like the promise of good things to come in the WTA.

BT Says:

I notice Bartoli gets to complete in Bali this week even though she competed in Istanbul. I realise she was an alternate but given that she did in fact “compete” I don’t think she should be allowed to play.

From the WTA: “Eight players who have captured at least one International tournament during the year and who are not participating in singles at the year-end WTA Championships – Istanbul 2011 will qualify for the event”

alison hodge Says:

thanks margot i didnt know that,congrats to hutchins and fleming,i envy you going to the o2,it would be the icing on the cake,for you to be there to see it all live and for our andy to take the title,fingers crossed eh,for future reference how much does it cost btw,maybe i could save up and go next year.

andrea Says:

considering kvitova was hardly on the radar last year, she’s really come into her own. that forehand, when on, is pretty hot. never thought azarenka would pull out the third set though…you’re only allowed so many escapes in a match! but credit to her – two points away from being bageled in the first set and she clawed her way back.

and the match, for a WTA match, was great as jane notes – nice gritty three setter. sure beats a straight set blow out.

jane Says:

margot, didn’t see your reply earlier: woot for you! Lucky. I know: if it were at a venue near me, I wouldn’t miss it either. :)

margot Says:

alison tickets range from £50 upwards to the £100 odd …yes…I know, I’ve paid for the semis. Am saving my pennies for the final next year, if it’s the last time its in London.
Year b4 last, a friend of mine had been given tickets for a corporate box, very exciting in itself, but in fact you couldn’t see nearly as well as in the other seats, they’re very high up, and you couldn’t hear a thing because of the clinking of champagne glasses!
Did get to see Fed though :)

alison hodge Says:

thanks margot hope you enjoy yourslf,but then again thats stating the obvious really i suppose.

Anna Says:

I also take offense with the idea that without Serena, Venus and Kim the matches were barely worth watching. I’ve got news for you, the “Superstars” mentioned will more than likely be retiring in the next year or two, so let’s hope that the tennis world can get behind these athletes (the top 8 in the world) who are kicking butt right now!! I love Serena but as far as I’m concerned she doesn’t have anything on Petra or Vica.

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