Sunday, 2 December 2012

57 from the WTA

A total of 57 official tournaments were contested over the course of 2012 meaning 57 opportunities for a trophy pose for the WTA players.  Here are the faces and the stats for the season.



Number of titles in 2012 by player:
7 Serena Williams
6 Azarenka
4 Errani
3 Petrova, Radwanska, Sharapova
2 Kanepi, Kerber, Kvitova, Su-Wei, Wozniacki
1 Arruabarrena-Vecino, Arvidsson, Babos, Barthel, Begu, Bertens, Cibulkova, Cornet, Hantuchova, Hercog, Flipkens, Jovanovski, Li Na, Oudin, Paszek, Rybarikova, Schiavone, Vinci, Watson, Venus Williams, Zheng

Points to note:
Serena Williams won 7 titles from 15 entered; Azarenka 6 from 18; Errani 4 from 23.
4 qualifiers won titles this season - Barthel (Hobart), Hsieh Su-Wei (Kuala Lumpur), Oudin (Birmingham), Bertens (Fes)
Heather Watson was the first British winner since  1988.  Laura Robson could have beaten her to the claim but fell in the final of Guangzhou to Hsieh Su-Wei.
Caroline Wozniacki, who won 6 titles in 2011, had to wait until the last 2 months of the season, post-US Open, before she won her first trophy in Seoul.  She quickly followed it up with a second in Moscow.
There were 21 1-title winners this season, and only 11 players won more than 1 tournament.
16 titles were shared by the top 3 players in the WTA rankings (Serena, Sharapova and Azarenka).

Titles by surface:

Hard
6 Azarenka
3 Serena Williams
2 Kerber, Kvitova, Petrova, Radwanska, Su-Wei, Wozniacki
1 Arvidsson, Babos, Barthel, Begu, Cibulkova, Flipkens, Hantuchova, Jovanovski, Kanepi, Li Na, Rybarikova, Vinci, Watson, Venus Williams, Zheng

Clay
4 Errani
3 Sharapova
2 Serena Williams (including 1 on the experimental blue clay of Madrid)
1 Arruabarrena-Vecino, Bertens, Cornet, Hercog, Kanepi, Radwanska, Schiavone

Grass
2 Serena Williams
1 Oudin, Paszek, Petrova

Points to note:
All 6 of Azarenka's wins came on a hard court, while all of Sharapova's and Errani's titles were clay.
Serena Williams was the only player to win across all 3 surfaces, 4 surfaces if counting the new blue clay of Madrid.

Titles by tournament level:

Slam
2 Serena Williams
1 Azarenka, Sharapova

Olympics
Serena Williams

Year End
Serena Williams

Premier Mandatory
2 Azarenka
1 Radwanska, Serena Williams

Premier 5
1 Azarenka, Kvitova, Li Na, Petrova, Sharapova

Premier
2 Radwanska, Serena Williams
1 Azarenka, Cibulkova, Kanepi, Kerber, Kvitova, Paszek, Sharapova, Wozniacki

Tournament of Champions
Petrova

Points to note:
All other tournaments were at International level
Serena captured both Slams in the second half of the season, but Sharapova and Azarenka competed in 2 slam finals, but won only 1 each.
Azarenka captured 2 Premier Mandatory titles in 2012, and was runner up at Madrid.  She has now won 3 of the 4 titles at this level, and has been runner-up at Madrid twice.
Serena was named player of the year for 2012.

End of Year Rankings / 5 lowest ranked players to win a title

63 Kiki Bertens
64 Timea Babos
78 Polona Hercog
80 Arrubarrena-Vecino
85 Melanie Oudin

End of Year Rankings / 5 highest ranked players to fail to claim a title in 2012

9 Samantha Stosur
11 Marion Bartoli
13 Ana Ivanovic
14 Maria Kirilenko*
17 Lucie Safarova**
*Captured 2 doubles titles in 2012
**Captured 1 doubles title in 2012 and captured the Fed Cup as part of the Czech Republic team

Full list of winners.

January
Brisbane / Kaia Kanepi
Auckland / Jie Zheng
Sydney / Victoria Azarenka
Hobart / Mona Barthel
Australian Open / Victoria Azarenka

February
Paris / Angelique Kerber
Pattaya City / Daniella Hantuchova
Doha / Victoria Azarenka
Bogota / Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
Dubai / Agnieszka Radwanska
Memphis / Sofia Arvidsson
Monterrey / Timea Babos
Acapulco / Sara Errani
Kuala Lumpur / Hsieh Su-Wei

March
Indian Wells / Victoria Azarenka
Miami / Agnieszka Radwanska

April
Charleston / Serena Williams
Copenhagen / Angelique Kerber
Barcelona / Sara Errani
Fes / Kiki Bertens
Stuttgart / Maria Sharapova
Estoril / Kaia Kanepi
Budapest / Sara Errani

May
Madrid / Serena Williams
Rome / Maria Sharapova
Brussels / Agnieszka Radwanska
Strasbourg / Francesca Schiavone
French Open / Maria Sharapova

June
Bad Gastein / Alize Cornet
Birmingham / Melanie Oudin
s-Hertogenbosch / Nadia Petrova
Eastbourne / Tamira Paszek
Wimbledon / Serena Williams

July
Stanford / Serena Williams
Palermo / Sara Errani
Carlsbad / Dominika Cibulkova
Bastad / Polona Hercog
Baku / Bojana Jovanovski
Washington / Magdalena Rybarikova
Olympics / Serena Williams

August
Montreal / Petra Kvitova
Cincinnati / Li Na
Dallas / Roberta Vinci
New Haven / Petra Kvitova
US Open / Serena Williams

September
Tashkent / Irina-Camela Begu
Quebec / Kirsten Flipkens
Guangzhou / Hsieh Su-Wei
Seoul / Caroline Wozniacki
Tokyo / Nadia Petrova
Beijing / Victoria Azarenka

October
Linz / Victoria Azarenka
Osaka / Heather Watson
Moscow / Caroline Wozniacki
Luxembourg / Venus Williams
Istanbul / Serena Williams
Sofia / Nadia Petrova

2 comments:

tennis livescore said...

2012 was an exciting year for the game of tennis. We saw some good and some great matches being played. Most of all this year had a lot of surprise factor which made watching tennis much more interesting.

random cloud said...

indeed - it's always good when tennis can surprise. however, i think that the chasing pack will need to do a lot to surprise in 2013. the top three could dominate the big events this year as they did in '12.

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