Sunday, June 17, 2012

Birmingham final delayed until Monday

It rained this weekend in Birmingham--and then it rained some more. As a result, there was a lot of catch-up play, and the final won't take place until tomorrow. Jelena Jankovic will play Melanie Oudin for the 2012 title. Oudin, of Russian-stomping fame, defeated 8th seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the semifinals. Jankovic defeated qualifier Zheng Jie 6-7, 7-5, 6-1. Both Makarova and Zheng tend to do well on grass courts.

Today, a doubles quarterfinal had to be played, as well as a semifinal. Then the final was played, and the title was won by Timea Babos and Hsieh Su-Wei. They defeated top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond 7-5, 6-7, 10-8 (Huber and Raymond had to play two matches).

Alize Cornet, of all people, won the championship in Bad Gastein. The 7th-seeded Frenchwoman defeated 2nd seed Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 7-6 in the final. Cornet didn't drop a set all week. This is her second WTA singles title.

4th seeds Jill Craybas and Julia Goerges won the doubles title, defeating top seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic 6-7, 6-4, 11-9 in today's final.


Todd Spiker said...

And, remember, Oudin's first big slam victory during her great summer of '09 came against JJ in the 3rd Round at Wimbledon.

She was qualifier then, too.

Diane said...

I'd forgotten about that. I wish her well. I wish them both well.