Chakvetadze downs Sania at Stanford
Top-seeded Russian Anna Chakvetadze cruises past the Indian ace 6-3, 6-2 to capture her second WTA Tour title.sports Updated: Jul 30, 2007 11:14 IST
Top-seeded Russian Anna Chakvetadze cruised past India's Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-2 at Stanford on Sunday to capture her second WTA Tour title in as many weeks.
Chakvetadze had earned a three-set victory against Sania in the semifinals en route to the title at Cincinnati last week, and Mirza was unable to improve on that result in this 600,000-dollar hardcourt tournament.
Chakvetadze, ranked eighth in the world, claimed her sixth career title and fourth title of the season, after triumphs at Cincinnati, Hobart and Hertogenbosch.
Prior to Cincinnati, she won one of her two singles matches to help Russia top the United States in the semifinals of the Fed Cup in Vermont.
"I have to play only on hard courts in the United States," she said. "I still had some trouble in the first set with my serve. After this kind of thing I concentrated more on every point."
Mirza, playing in her first Tier II final, had upset three seeded opponents en route to the final, ousting No. 4 Patty Schnyder, No. 6 Tatiana Golovin and No. 8 Sybille Bammer.
Her wins over Golovin and Schnyder were her first over top-20 opponents in a 2007 season that has been disrupted by a knee injury that required surgery in March and sidelined her for more than two months.
"After I lost the first set she dominated," Mirza said. "She comes up with her best in the finals. I wasn't feeling it as well as I have. I was getting tentative and hoping she'd make mistakes."
"I didn't hit the ball as cleanly as I did the whole week."
But Chakvetadze said she thought Mirza was stronger than she was a week earlier.
"She had a great week," Chakvetadze said. "Compared to our match in Cincinnati, even when we went three sets, here was a better match.
"I told myself I'm not feeling that great to run for three sets so I had to finish it fast."
First Published: Jul 30, 2007 11:03 IST