Sunday February 14, 2010
Vera Zvonareva wins again the PTT Pattaya Open over Tamarine Tanasugarn
Vera Zvonareva wins the PTT Pattaya Open for the second year in a row, capturing her 10th Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles, against Thai tennis icon Tamarine Tanasugarn. 64, 6-4.
"I'd like to congratulate Tammy for coming back here and playing so well this week. The Thai people are so proud of her," Zvonareva said. "For me, I'm very happy to come back and defend my title this year. I also hope to come to Pattaya next year. Thanks to all of the sponsors and Mr. Geoffrey Rowe, the Tournament Director, for making the tournament such a success."
"Thank you very much to all the fans here - especially the Thai fans - for cheering me on during the week. Also thanks to the Russian fans for cheering Vera on, she played so well today," Tanasugarn said. "Thanks to all the sponsors who host this tournament every year and give me a chance to play here. I'll try to play my best with my partner in the doubles final now!"
Zvonareva is almost on par in career finals now, going 10-11. She has won her last three finals since finishing runner-up at the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in 2008 - she won here and Indian Wells last year, and now here again this year. It was also Zvonareva's second successful title defense, having won back-to-back Memphis crowns back in 2004 and 2005.
Tanasugarn fell to 3-7 in career finals, but the 32-year-old Thai still salvaged a trophy - she and Marina Erakovic captured the doubles title with a 75 61 win over Anna Chakvetadze and Ksenia Pervak. Tanasugarn won the doubles title here last year with Shvedova - now she and Erakovic win for the first time. Tanasugarn now has seven Tour doubles titles while Erakovic has four.
Top seed Vera Zvonareva and Tamarine Tanasugarn have played each other only once before, with Tanasugarn winning that second round meeting at 2008 Wimbledon in three sets.
Zvonareva is looking to defend her Pattaya title. The most recent player to successfully defend her title on Tour was Serena Williams at the 2010 Australian Open. Zvonarevas last final was at 2009 Indian Wells, which she won by defeating Ana Ivanovic.
Tanasugarn has advanced to the final of Pattaya for the second time in 16 appearances the first time was back in 1996 (l. Dragomir). This is her first final since her title run at 2009 s-Hertogenbosch. By reaching the final, she has equaled her best results in her home country, having been a finalist here and in Bangkok in 2006 (l. to King).
This is Zvonarevas 21st career singles final; she has a 9-11 win-loss record in finals. Tanasugarn is chasing her 4th career singles title, having contested 9 finals previously for a 3-6 win-loss record.
Zvonareva has spent marginally longer on court this week, playing for 6 hours, 41 minutes to reach the final, compared with Tanasugarn, who took 5 hours, 53 minutes.
Both players have lost only one set en route to the final.
Tanasugarn is also competing in the doubles final with Marina Erakovic. The last player to win both the singles and doubles titles at an event was Serena Williams at the 2010 Australian Open.
Vera Zvonareva is defending champions points from last year so to maintain her ranking she will have to repeat.
Tamarine Tanasugarn could return to the Top 75 if she reaches the final and to the Top 65 by winning the tournament.
* Rank projections are approximate until the new rankings are published after the tournament.
About PTT Pattaya Open
professional womens tennis tournament is now in its
19th year on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.