September results round-up and farewell to Li Na

 

True Trailblazer – Li Na was an immensely popular
and deserving champion – Getty Images

The goings on in New York tend to dominate tennis’ September, but those remarkable results aside, it’s time to look at the other winners and losers as 2014 gets all Autumnal in Asia.

With les garcons preoccupied with Davis Cup duties early on (a preview of the final to come soon), the lasses have been the busier on tour.

On both the mens and womens tours September saw triumphs for the best players this year and also those who shone brightest in that final slam a month ago.

Kei Nishikori proved that his incredible run in New York was no fluke by continuing his return to the big leagues with two titles.

There were tournament wins too for Djokovic, Sharapova Lucic-Baroni, Kvitova, Ivanovic and Lisicki whilst Raonic, Berdych, Wozniacki, Venus and Cornet all enjoyed runners-up scores.

Andy Murray was the other big victor to regain his mojo, his Shenzhen victory representing the Scot’s first piece of silverwear since Wimbles 2013.

There were wins too for David Goffin Anna-Lena Friedsam, Karin Knapp, Monica Niculescu,and Karolina Pliskova

A brief word now for a recent retiree from the WTA and a true trailblazer in tennis’ global reach.

China’s Li Na, who  retired earlier this month after persistent knee trouble proved too costly long-term has single handedly catapulted tennis’ appeal in her home country.

After dominating the ITF circuit at the turn of the century Li took to the main tour with something of a slow-burn nature.

Despite the slow start, hers was a career full of constant history-making, from her maiden title ten years ago in Guangzhou to that glorious Australian Open victory in January this year via the maiden major in Paris in 2011 and countless other ‘firsts’.

Amidst many a spicy rivalry with Clijsters, Sharapova, Azarenka and Radwanska to name but a few Li always remained watchable, unpredictable and yes often disappointing – but nothing less than a professional and a role model to a nation who’s expectations doubtlessly delivered the utmost pressure.

September’s Results

25.08.2014   US Open, New York, U.S.A. 

Hard  $ 18,102,000
Singles : Marin Cilic
Doubles : Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan 

15.09.2014   Moselle Open, Metz, France 

Indoor Hard  € 410,200
Singles : David Goffin
Doubles : Marcin Matkowski, Mariusz Fyrstenberg 

22.09.2014   Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Indoor Hard  $ 910,520

Singles : Kei Nishikori
Doubles : Leander Paes, Marcin Matkowski 

 

22.09.2014   Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China 

Hard  $ 590,230

Singles : Andy Murray
Doubles : Horia Tecau, Jean Julien Rojer 

29.09.2014  China Open, Beijing, China 

Hard  $ 2,500,470

Singles: Novak Djokovic
Doubles:   Herbert, Przysiezny

 

26.09.2014 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan 

Hard  $ 1,228,825

Singles: Kei Nishikori
Doubles: Rojer, Tecau

 

WTA

 

US Open

Aug 25 – Sep 07, 2014
Flushing Meadows, USA

Singles: Serena Williams d. Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-3
Doubles: Elena Vesnina/Ekaterina Makarova d. Martina Hingis/Flavia Pennetta 2-6 6-3 6-2

 

Huangcangyu WTA Suzhou Ladies Open

Sep 01 – Sep 06, 2014
Suzhou, China

Singles: Anna-Lena Friedsam d. Ying-Ying Duan 6-1 6-3
Doubles: Chin-Wei Chan/Chia-Jung Chuang d. Misa Eguchi/Eri Hozumi 6-1 3-6 10-7

 

Coupe Banque Nationale

Sep 08 – Sep 14, 2014
Quebec City, Canada

Singles: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni d. Venus Williams 6-4 6-3
Doubles: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni/Lucie Hradecka d. Julia Goerges/Andrea Hlavackova 6-3 7-6(8)

 

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open

Sep 08 – Sep 14, 2014
Hong Kong, Sar

Singles: Sabine Lisicki d. Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-3
Doubles: Karolina Pliskova/Kristyna Pliskova d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner/Arina Rodionova 6-2 2-6 12-10

 

 

Tashkent Open

Sep 08 – Sep 13, 2014
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Singles: Karin Knapp d. Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 7-6(4)
Doubles: Aleksandra Krunic/Katerina Siniakova d. Margarita Gasparyan/Alexandra Panova 6-2 6-1

Guangzhou International Women’s Open

 

Sep 15 – Sep 20, 2014

Guangzhou, China

Singles: Monica Niculescu d. Alizé Cornet 6-4 6-0
Doubles: Chia-Jung Chuang/Chen Liang d. Alizé Cornet/Magda Linette 2-6 7-6(3) 10-7

 

Kia Korea Open

 

Sep 15 – Sep 21, 2014

Seoul, Korea

Singles: Karolina Pliskova d. Varvara Lepchenko 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2
Doubles: Irina-Camelia Begu/Lara Arruabarrena d. Mona Barthel/Mandy Minella 6-3 6-3

 

Toray Pan Pacific Open

 

Sep 15 – Sep 21, 2014

Tokyo, Japan

Singles: Ana Ivanovic d. Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 7-6(2)
Doubles: Cara Black/Sania Mirza d. Garbiñe Muguruza/Carla Suárez Navarro 6-2 7-5

 

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open

 

Sep 21 – Sep 27, 2014
Wuhan, China

Singles: Petra Kvitova d. Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-4
Doubles: Martina Hingis/Flavia Pennetta d. Cara Black/Caroline Garcia 6-4 5-7 12-10

China Open

 

Sep 27 – Oct 05, 2014
Beijing, China

Singles: Maria Sharapova d. Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Doubles: Andrea Hlavackova/Shuai Peng d. Cara Black/Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-4

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