Sunday, July 27, 2014

Svitolina repeats as Baku champion

We don't see titles successfully defended that often, but today, Elina Svitolina was the exception, winning her second Baku Cup title in two years. The 19-year-old from Ukraine defeated Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 7-6 in the final. Winning the doubles title were Alexandra Panova and Heather Watson upst 3rd seeds Raluca Olaru and Shahar Peer 6-2, 7-6.

Meanwhile, Peng Shuai moved a step closer to winning a "real" WTA title. She defeated Liu Fangszhou 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in today's Nanchang final. The 18-year-old Liu, ranked number 422 in the world when she entered the tournament, has impressed all week. Peng, it should be noted, entered the final following her victory in a three-hour and 22-minute semifinal.

Chuang ChiJung and Junri Nanigata won the doubles championship by defeating Chin-Wei han and Yi-Fan Xu 7-6, 6-3 in the final.

The Zhonghong Jiangxi International Women's Open is a WTA 125K Series event.


sunny nine said...

I don't know about places like Baku where as far as I can see-I don't see anyone. How do tournament officials keep tournaments afloat when no one comes to see them? I mean there was a smattering of people there, but unless there were more people way, way, up beyond the camera, then it was quite a meager showing for a final. I remember the same thing last year.

Diane said...

That's a good question. Obviously, there should be a different type of marketing done, but beyond that, I don't know the answer. I know that the area is kind of sports-oriented, so something is missing.