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The Week In WTA Winners: Kvitova Pounds Clijsters, Hantuchova Wins In Thailand

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2011

Paris

Give it up for Petra Kvitova, taking her second WTA title of 2011 at the Premier Paris Open tournament, beating Kim Clijsters 64 63 in the final.  She had two exceptionally tough matches against Barbora Zahlalova Strycova and Yanina Wickmayer before cruising against Mattek-Sands, and Clijsters never looked like winning. The pace and depth of Petra’s shots – and serve – are so unbeatable when she’s on, and she’s had a stellar start to the year; if she can keep it up – or at least avoid a string of first round losses such as that which followed her semi-final appearance at Wimbledon last year – she’ll be in the top 10 soon, although clay isn’t her best surface.

And she’s so cute.

It wasn’t a particularly bad week for Clijsters either, as her run to the final puts her back at no. 1 from tomorrow, displacing Caroline Wozniacki. However, they’d better hold off on the trophy presentation for now, as Wozniacki could potentially take back the top spot in Dubai. Congratulations to Kim nevertheless, who did win the last two Slams and is at the top for the first time since 2006.

But we all know hanging about with Momo is the real prize.

Pattaya City

A big week for Daniela Hantuchova in Thailand, taking her fourth career title and her first since Linz in 2007. Ana Ivanovic – having split up with yet another coach, this time Antonio van Grichen – disappointed against Roberta Vinci and Kirilenko lost an absolute screamer in the second round against Galina Voskoboeva, but Hantuchova still had to contend with Kimiko Date-Krumm, who had beaten her in all three of their previous meetings, and queen of Pattaya Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals before absolutely crushing Sara Errani in the final.

Plato invented the plate.

6 Responses to “The Week In WTA Winners: Kvitova Pounds Clijsters, Hantuchova Wins In Thailand”

  1. lauren said

    What is it with trophy designers? Cross-section of a hair follicle? Puh-lease.

  2. twinningstea said

    They already squeezed in the trophy presentation to Kim. Did it quick in view of the pass the parcel game that could ensue in the coming weeks.
    How far in advance do you think they had to commision the topiary – and what would they have done with it had she lost? I’m not sure anyone would have wanted to take it home – it looks like the arrangements you see in the back of a hearse spelling ‘mum’ or ‘arsenal’.

  3. Bismarck said

    petra´s on the fast track to becoming my fav player. haven´t been this excited about a wta talent since god knows when.
    back when she made the 4th round at the FO 2008 i started liking her – a young lefty czecher, what´s not to like? – but soon enough she seemed to morph into another safarova = hugely talented, but endlessly frustrating.

    now that she´s fitter than before and so calmly, championesquely focused during most of her matches this year… there´s a glimmer of hope she could win really really big.
    likely not consistently, all year round. her movement won´t ever be better than passable and that´s a big obstacle.
    but everything else can be devastatingly good. she even has an instinct to move forward and finish things off at the net behind her howitzer-like groundies.

    i gonna be inconsolable if she doesn´t follow up on the promise of these first six weeks of 2011. (huh? where did my “don´t get carried away, she might not win a match for half a year” resolution go?)

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