2009 WTA Tour - LA WOMEN'S TENNIS
CHAMPIONSHIPS Held at the Home Depot Center, Carson, Ca.
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Sam Stosur (AUS)
by Adam Davis
STOSUR ADVANCES TO
By Kelly Richards
CARSON, CA - Sunday may be the day Australian Samantha
Stosur checks another goal off her list. She’s poised to win her
first WTA singles title. The 19th ranked right-hander already
has a slew of doubles titles, 22 to be exact.
After four trips to the Los Angeles Women’s Tennis
Championships, this is the first time Stosur had made it to the
finals, let alone the semifinals or quarterfinals.
A confident Stosur won relatively easily over Romanian Sorana
Cirstea Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, 6-3, 6-2.
“I felt great today. I was into it and full of energy,” said
Stosur. “I knew I had to play aggressive and stick to my game.”
And stick to her game she did. The lady from down under was
quickly up in the first set 3-1. She would not let Cirstea hold
serves more than three times. In the second set, the 19-year-old
was barely able to win two service games.
“I never really let her get into it,” Stosur said.
Sorana Cirstea (POL)
“Sam was playing very good. All
credit to her,” said Cirstea
Stosur was relentless. With her
wicked kick serves and powerful forehands she took full
advantage of Cirstea’s recent injury.
Last week, the tour up and comer developed painful plantar
fasciitis on the bottom of her right heel while switching from
clay and grass courts to hard courts. Sobbing on changeovers,
she nearly threw in the towel during her match Friday against
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanski, a match that she ended up winning
in three sets.
“I wanted to play better but, to be honest I could not have done
much more,” said Cirstea. “I had an ultrasound a couple of days
ago and the doctor said there is no risk at all. It’s just
Her foot won’t have that much time to heal. Cirstea’s next stop
on the tour is next week in Cincinnati. “Hopefully, by the US
Open (in September) I will be 100% healthy.”
As for Stosur, she’s headed to tournaments in Toronto and New
Haven next. And after her strong showing here in Los Angeles,
she’ll probably move up a few slots from her current #19
Flavia Pannetta (ITA)
PANNETTA OUTLASTS SHARAPOVA TO REACH FINAL
By PJ Rivera
In a semi-final match filled with errors 27 year old Flavia
Pannetta and 22 year old Maria Sharapova went the distance. Pannetta sustained a pounding from Sharapova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to
reach her second LA Women's Tennis Championship final.
With Sharapova double faulting 13 times in her previous match,
choosing to receive was an obvious choice for Pannetta to start
the match. Sharapova appeared to have a plan and tried to hit deep balls to Pannetta's
backhand. Pannetta was prepared to exchange long powerful rallies
and took the first set
Pannetta said, "I was waiting for her to make mistakes in the
second set." Sharapova had other ideas. At 4-4 the crowd was
involved, along with Sharapova's coach and father, urging her to
take each point. Down 0-40, Sharapova served well to get to
duece. She came to the net and successfully executed her classic
swinging volley for a winner. Then an ace to go ahead 5-4.
A glimpse of the Grand Slam champion could be seen at this
critical moment. The stadium roared as they traded backhands.
Sharapova aggressively took the second set with loud grunts and
10 of the 16 double faults by Sharapova occurred in the third
set. At 3-3 , the balls looked heavy as Sharapova gifted three
double faults and the game to Pannetta. Sharapova admitted, "I
had my opportunities but I couldn't close it out." and "I wanted
to attack which caused more errors." Too many errors allowed Pannetta to take the third set 6-3.
Maria Sharapova (RUS)
After committing 61 errors. Sharapova said, "I'm not losing
confidence." "Am I happy where it is (her game)? Certainly not,
there is still a lot of work to do."
Accepting her defeat, "Nothing a basket of balls can't achieve."
About her come-back, "I sometimes want to forget that I was
out for a long time but sometimes you have to put things in
Sharapova turned pro in 2001 at the age of
14. She holds three Grand Slam titles; Wimbledon 2004, US Open
2006, and the Australian Open in 2008. In 2004, she won the WTA
Sharapova held the No. 1 ranking in
the world for a
couple months in 2005, 2007, and 2008.
In August of 2008 MRI results revealed a rotator cuff tear.
She had surgery in October and is back on the tour. Currently
ranked #61, Sharapova should see an improved ranking after this
Seeded 10th in this tournament, Pannetta will meet 13th seed Sam
Stosur of Australia in the final.
RESULTS - SATURDAY, AUGUST 8,
Samantha Stosur (13), Australia, def.
Sorana Cirstea, Romania, 6-3, 6-2
Flavia Pennetta (10), Italy def. Maria Sharapova, Russia, 6-2,
Chia-Jung Chuang (Taipei) / Zi Yan (China) def. Vania King
(USA) / Monica Niculescu (Romania), 1-6, 6-2, 11-9
Maria Kirilenko (Russia) / Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) def. 
Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) / Shuai Peng (China), 6-1, 6-2
About the Tournament
The LA Women’s Tennis Championships presented by Herbalife, in
its 39th year, is one of the most historic events in women’s
tennis and is being held for the sixth consecutive year at The
Home Depot Center. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Premier event
offers prize money of $700,000 to the 56-player singles and
16-team doubles draws. The distinguished tournament champions
list includes Dinara Safina, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams,
Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert,
Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, all of whom have also
been ranked No. 1 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour during their
The LA Women’s Tennis Championships presented by Herbalife is
part of the prestigious Olympus US Open Series, which links nine
summer hard-court tournaments to the famed U.S. Open. This
year’s tournament marks the sixth year players competing in the
U.S. Open Series tournaments will be vying for bonus prize money
at the U.S. Open. Players competing in the “summer season” of
tennis at the participating Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments
will receive Olympus U.S. Open Series points, which will
ultimately earn the series winner the opportunity to double her
U.S. Open prize purse.