Simona Halep captured her 8th WTA singles title, defeating Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-3 in the final of the inaugural BRD Bucharest Open. Playing in front of her home country fans Halep delivered a welcome ending in the Romanian capital. Her only hiccup was briefly falling behind 0-2 in the second set. Otherwise, it was a convincing 1 hour 8 minute victory for Simona. After her breakout 2013 season, where she won her first 6 WTA titles, Halep has continued her ascent in 2014, reaching world #3 and winning 2 more tournaments so far. She’s also reached the quarterfinals, semifinals and been runner-up in the season’s first three Majors. Prior to 2014, she had only reached the 4th round in a Major once. On court for her trophy ceremony were Romanian sports legends tennis player Ilie Nastase and gymnast Nadia Comaneci.
In 2009, a then largely unheralded Andrea Petkovic won her first WTA title at the Gastein Ladies in Bad Gastein, Austria. Five years later, on a day that will be remembered for her home country of Germany winning their 4th World Cup, Andrea again claimed victory at the Gastein Ladies. I have to admit that I was rooting for the two Americans she defeated en route to the title, Grace Min in the semis and Shelby Rogers in the final. That said, I am always happy to see Petkovic have success, especially considering her sparkling personality and the injuries that have derailed her at times. I’m satisfied in seeing Shelby knock off Sara Errani and Carla Suarez Navarro on her way to the final and Grace Min taking Andrea to 6-4 in the third set. This is Petkovic’s 4th WTA singles title and 2nd of 2014, all on clay.
Others might have more hype than Lindsay Davenport over the last 30 years of women’s tennis, but only a handful have more accomplishments. Consider some of her achievements. She reached the #1 ranking in both singles and doubles. She won 93 WTA titles, 55 in singles and 38 in doubles, including 6 Majors, 3 in both singles and doubles. In addition to her 93 victories, she also finished runner-up 61 times, 38 times in singles and 23 times in doubles. She won the Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Singles at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She was part of 3 Fed Cup champion teams. Her 55 singles titles ranks 5th in WTA history (est. 1973), behind only Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams. Her 93 singles finals ranks 4th in WTA history behind Navratilova, Evert and Graf. Her 753 singles match wins ranks 6th in WTA history behind Navratilova, Evert, Graf, Virginia Wade and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. She ranks first in hardcourt singles victories at 464. With husband Jonathan Leach, Lindsay has four children, the last one born this year in January. So it was a thrill to see her receive the just honor of being inducted into the 2014 Class at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. The 4-time year end #1 more than has the requisite record to earn enshrinement as a tennis immortal.
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LINDSAY DAVENPORT HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
1 SIMONA HALEP (won 6-1 6-3 vs 2 Roberta Vinci)
4 ANDREA PETKOVIC (won 6-3 6-3 vs Shelby Rogers)