Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kvitova wins Linz, Bartoli wins Osaka

Top seed Petra Kvitova said in Linz yesterday that she was tired and hoped that the final would be short. She played for almost an hour and a half today to defeat 7th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1, and thereby won her fifth title of the year. 4th seeds Marina Erakovic and Elena Vesnina won the doubles title when they defeated Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5, 6-1.

In Osaka, where there have been rain delays, both the semifinals and the final were played today. Top seed Sam Stosur defeated Zheng Jie, and 2nd seed Marion Bartoli defeated 3rd seed Angelique Kerber. Bartoli then defeated Stosur 6-3, 6-1.

The Osaka title is Bartoli's second of the season. She won her other title, in Eastbourne, also by playing the semifinals and the final on the same day. In that tournament, she beat Stosur in the semifinals (and Kvitova in the final).

Kimiko Date-Krumm and Zhang Shuai won the Osaka doubles title by defeating Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 in today's final.