Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions 2013: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
Simona Halep and Ana Ivanovic headline a group of eight women competing in this fall's 2013 Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions, a one-week indoor hard-court tournament beginning Tuesday in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The characteristic round-robin format will split the women into two groups of four. The players will face off against each of the other three competitors in their group to determine which top four advance to the semifinals.
From there it's single-elimination tennis.
Russia's Nadia Petrova won this event a year ago, but won't be defending her title in Sofia. Instead, two-time tournament champion Ana Ivanovic will enter as the favorite. The Serbian superstar won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011 when the tournament was held in Bali and appears to be the cream of the crop in Group B.
The top threat in Group A is Simona Halep. The up-and-coming Romanian is only 22, but she has won five singles titles in 2013, rising all the way to No. 14 in the WTA world rankings.
2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur and Elena Vesnina are also contenders to keep an eye on this week.
With action underway, let's get you up to speed with the latest scores and results from the Bulgarian capital.
|Group A||W-L||Sets||Games||Group B||W-L||Sets||Games|
|S. Halep||3-0||6-0||36-16||S. Stosur||2-1||5-2||35-28|
|A. Pavlyuchenkova||2-1||4-2||30-22||A. Ivanovic||2-1||5-3||45-29|
|A. Cornet||1-2||2-4||12-24||E. Vesnina||2-1||4-4||38-36|
|E. Svitolina*||0-2||0-4||8-24||T. Pironkova||0-3||1-6||15-40|
*Replaced Maria Kirilenko, who withdrew with knee injury, according to WTA's official Twitter account.
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Day 6 Recap
Day 6 Scores
No. 1 Simona Halep def. No. 4 Samantha Stosur; 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Simona Halep has won the 2013 WTA Tournament of Champions by defeating Samantha Stosur in come-from-behind fashion.
The Romanian star won her sixth title of 2013 during this season-ending event, as she bested her Australian opponent after an early scare in Sofia.
Halep has a lot of momentum going into the 2014 season and could be one of the top players if she avoids another poor start, an issue that plagued her this year. The 22-year-old had never won a tournament in her career before breaking through in Nurnberger.
This was the second time that these two women have met in the finals of a WTA event, with the last match coming three weeks ago at the Kremlin Cup. Halep won there as well, limiting Stosur to just two titles in 2013.
Day 5 Recap
Day 5 Scores
No. 1 Simona Halep def. No. 2 Ana Ivanovic; 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 4 Samantha Stosur def. No. 6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
Simona Halep ended two-time tournament champion Ana Ivanovic's run in Sofia on Saturday, battling back from a one set to love hole to beat the second-seeded Serb in three sets.
Halep saved nine of 14 break points on serve and broke Ivanovic seven times in a dozen tries to advance to Sunday's final. The Romanian, who is unbeaten in Bulgaria this week, will take on Australian Samantha Stosur in this weekend's final.
Stosur beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Day 5's second semifinal, stepping up in the deciding set, breaking Pavlyuchenkova once and winning 20 of 25 total service points in the frame.
Day 4 Recap
Day 4 Scores
No. 6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. No. 7 Alize Cornet; 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Elena Vesnina def. No. 2 Ana Ivanovic; 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1)
No. 4 Samantha Stosur def. No. 8 Tsvetana Pironkova; 6-1, 6-4
Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova earned her second consecutive straight-sets win by routing Alize Cornet on Friday in Sofia, earning a berth in Saturday's semifinals, per WTA Tennis' official Twitter account:
Pavlyuchenkova will advance to the weekend's semifinals from Group A along with top seed Simona Halep, who went 3-0 in round robin play.
Elena Vesnina was the other big winner on Day 4. The world No. 25 upset Ana Ivanovic in a hard-fought match that went the distance and featured a third-set breaker that the Russian won with ease.
The second-seeded Serbian collapsed after leading 5-2 in the final set but will still advance to Saturday's semifinals where she'll take on top seed Simona Halep.
The other semifinal will pit Pavlyuchenkova vs. Samantha Stosur.
Day 3 Recap
Day 3 Scores
No 1 Simona Halep defeated Elina Svitolina, 6-1, 6-1
No 2 Ana Ivanovic defeated No. 4 Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
No 5 Elena Vesnina defeated No. 8 Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.
In yet another wild day at the 2013 WTA Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions, No. 2 seed Ana Ivanovic took down No. 4 seed Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, in a bitter three-set battle.
The theme of extended matches continues as No 5 seed Elena Vesnina defeated No. 8 seed Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. This game was much closer than the score indicates, but Vesnina took the third decisively.
To no one's surprise, top-seeded Simona Halep too care of business against unseeded Elina Svitolina. She barely broke a sweat, taking the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Day 2 Recap
Day 2 Scores
No. 1 Simona Halep defeated No. 7 Alize Cornet, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Elina Svitolina, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 4 Samantha Stosur defeated No. 5 Elena Vesnina, 6-3, 6-3.
In an excellent day of tennis, No. 1 seed Simona Halep defeated No. 7 seed Alize Cornet, 6-4, 6-4. The battle was closer than the score indicates and Cornet pushed Halep and gave her the toughest test of the tournament to date.
Another solid matchup featured No. 4 seed Samantha Stosur beating No. 5 seed Elena Vesnina in convincing fashion, 6-3, 6-3. No. 6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was able to defeat unranked Elina Svitolina, 6-2, 6-4, as well.
Day 1 Recap
Day 1 Scores
No. 1 Simona Halep def. No. 6 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; 6-3, 6-3
No. 7 Alize Cornet def. No. 3 Maria Kirilenko; 5-0, retirement
No. 2 Ana Ivanovic def. No. 8 Tsvetana Pironkova; 6-0, 6-2
Two-time tournament champion Ana Ivanovic rolled over wild card Tsvetana Pironkova in Day 1's first match, breaking the Bulgarian six times and winning a ridiculous 25 of 39 total return points to take the match in under an hour.
In Group A, top seed Simona Halep made short work of Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, saving three of five break points and winning 63 percent of her total service points for the match. Frenchwoman Alize Cornet will join Halep at the top of Group A after picking up a win over Maria Kirilenko, who retired after just 28 minutes and trailing 5-0 in the opening set.
The WTA's official Twitter account announced that it was a left knee injury that forced Kirilenko out of the match and the tournament. She will be replaced by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina: