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Singles, Women

Date10 – 17 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Aolinpike Gongyuan Wangqiuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants64 from 33 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

This event was completely wide open, especially after world #1 Justine Henin (BEL) had retired in May 2008. The #1 seed was Serbia’s Ana Ivanović, who had recently moved up to the #1 world ranking, followed by her countrywoman, Jelena Janković. American sister superstars Serena and Venus Williams were seeded 4th and 7th, respectively, as they had both struggled with injuries in the past year, and were only returning to form.

OK, it was an open tournament, but nobody expected this semi-final. The semi-finalists were China’s Li Na, who would become one of the world’s top players but in 2008 had not yet advanced past the quarters-finals in a Grand Slam; and three Russians – Yelena Dementyeva, Dinara Safina, and Vera Zvonaryova. The top-seeded Russian was Svetlana Kuznetsova at #3, but she lost in round one to Li Na.

Both semi-finals were won in straight sets, with Dementyeva and Safina advancing to the final. Dementyeva won the gold medal with a three-set victory, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. In the bronze medal match, Li Na was overwhelmed by Zvonaryova, 6-0, 7-5, as Russia unexpectedly swept the medals. A medal sweep in Olympic tennis last occurred in 1908, in three different events.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1Yelena DementyevaRUSGold
2Dinara SafinaRUSSilver
3Vera ZvonaryovaRUSBronze
4Li NaCHN
=5Sybille BammerAUT
=5Serena WilliamsUSA
=5Venus WilliamsUSA
=5Jelena JankovićSRB
=9Lucie ŠafářováCZE
=9Francesca SchiavoneITA
=9Alizé CornetFRA
=9Caroline WozniackiDEN
=9Vika AzarenkaBLR
=9Kaia KanepiEST
=9Zheng JieCHN
=9Dominika CibulkováSVK
=17Mariya KoryttsevaUKR
=17Patty SchnyderSUI
=17Shahar Pe'erISR
=17Agnieszka RadwańskaPOL
=17Samantha StosurAUS
=17Peng ShuaiCHN
=17Daniela HantuchováSVK
=17Sofia ArvidssonSWE
=17Iveta BenešováCZE
=17Casey DellacquaAUS
=17Virginie RazzanoFRA
=17Ayumi MoritaJPN
=17María MartínezESP
=17Nuria LlagosteraESP
=17Tsvetana PironkovaBUL
=17Alona BondarenkoUKR
=33Tzipora ObzilerISR
=33Maret AniEST
=33Anabel MedinaESP
=33Jill CraybasUSA
=33Yan ZiCHN
=33Sorana CîrsteaROU
=33Akgul AmanmuradovaUZB
=33Chan Yung-JanTPE
=33Volha HavartsovaBLR
=33Sara ErraniITA
=33Carla SuárezESP
=33Nicole VaidišováCZE
=33Ai SugiyamaJPN
=33Selima SfarTUN
=33Tamarine TanasugarnTHA
=33Kateryna BondarenkoUKR
=33Timea BacsinszkySUI
=33Sania MirzaIND
=33Gisela DulkoARG
=33Tetiana PerebyinisUKR
=33Flavia PennettaITA
=33Eleni DaniilidouGRE
=33Marina ErakovicNZL
=33Svetlana KuznetsovaRUS
=33Mara SantangeloITA
=33Alicia MolikAUS
=33Klára ZakopalováCZE
=33Ágnes SzávayHUN
=33Pauline ParmentierFRA
=33Marta DomachowskaPOL
=33Milagros SequeraVEN
=33Cara BlackZIM
DNSLindsay DavenportUSA1
DNSTatiana GolovinFRA2
DNSAna IvanovićSRB3

Round One (10 – 12 August 2008)

Winners advanced to round two.

Match #1 Mariya KoryttsevaUKR Tzipora ObzilerISR A5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Match #2 Lucie ŠafářováCZE Maret AniEST A6-4, 6-2
Match #3 Sybille BammerAUT Anabel MedinaESP 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Match #4 Patty SchnyderSUI 13Jill CraybasUSA 6-3, 6-2
Match #5 Vera ZvonaryovaRUS 9Yan ZiCHN 6-2, 6-0
Match #6 Shahar Pe'erISR Sorana CîrsteaROU 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
Match #7 Francesca SchiavoneITA Akgul AmanmuradovaUZB 6-4, 6-2
Match #8 Agnieszka RadwańskaPOL 8Chan Yung-JanTPE ITF6-1, 7-6 (7-6)
Match #9 Serena WilliamsUSA 4Volha HavartsovaBLR 6-3, 6-1
Match #10 Samantha StosurAUS Sara ErraniITA 6-3, 6-2
Match #11 Peng ShuaiCHN Carla SuárezESP 7-5, 7-6 (–-2)
Match #12 Alizé CornetFRA 15Nicole VaidišováCZE 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Match #13 Daniela HantuchováSVK 10Ai SugiyamaJPN 6-2, 7-5
Match #14 Caroline WozniackiDEN Selima SfarTUN ITF6-4, 6-1
Match #15 Sofia ArvidssonSWE Tamarine TanasugarnTHA WC6-2, 6-1
Match #16 Yelena DementyevaRUS 5Kateryna BondarenkoUKR 6-1, 6-4
Match #17 Venus WilliamsUSA 7Timea BacsinszkySUI 6-3, 6-2
Match #18 Iveta BenešováCZE Sania MirzaIND 6-1, 2-1 (–-–) DNF
Match #19 Casey DellacquaAUS Gisela DulkoARG 6-3, 6-4
Match #20 Vika AzarenkaBLR 12Tetiana PerebyinisUKR 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Match #21 Kaia KanepiEST Flavia PennettaITA 146-2, 7-6 (8-6)
Match #22 Virginie RazzanoFRA Eleni DaniilidouGRE 6-3, 6-3
Match #23 Ayumi MoritaJPN ITFMarina ErakovicNZL 5-7, 7-6 (–-7), 6-4
Match #24 Li NaCHN Svetlana KuznetsovaRUS 37-6 (7-5), 6-4
Match #25 Dinara SafinaRUS 6Mara SantangeloITA 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
Match #26 María MartínezESP AAlicia MolikAUS ITF6-1, 6-1
Match #27 Nuria LlagosteraESP ITFKlára ZakopalováCZE 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Match #28 Zheng JieCHN Ágnes SzávayHUN 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Match #29 Dominika CibulkováSVK 16Pauline ParmentierFRA 6-1, 7-5
Match #30 Tsvetana PironkovaBUL Marta DomachowskaPOL 6-3, 6-4
Match #31 Alona BondarenkoUKR Milagros SequeraVEN 3-6, 0-1 (–-–) DNF
Match #32 Jelena JankovićSRB 2Cara BlackZIM 6-3, 6-3

Round Two (12 August 2008)

Winners advanced to round three.

Match #1 Lucie ŠafářováCZE Mariya KoryttsevaUKR 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
Match #2 Sybille BammerAUT Patty SchnyderSUI 136-4, 6-4
Match #3 Vera ZvonaryovaRUS 9Shahar Pe'erISR 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Match #4 Francesca SchiavoneITA Agnieszka RadwańskaPOL 86-3, 7-6 (8-6)
Match #5 Serena WilliamsUSA 4Samantha StosurAUS 6-2, 6-0
Match #6 Alizé CornetFRA 15Peng ShuaiCHN 6-2, 6-2
Match #7 Caroline WozniackiDEN Daniela HantuchováSVK 106-1, 6-3
Match #8 Yelena DementyevaRUS 5Sofia ArvidssonSWE 6-3, 6-4
Match #9 Venus WilliamsUSA 7Iveta BenešováCZE 6-1, 6-4
Match #10 Vika AzarenkaBLR 12Casey DellacquaAUS 6-2, 6-2
Match #11 Kaia KanepiEST Virginie RazzanoFRA 6-4, 7-5
Match #12 Li NaCHN Ayumi MoritaJPN ITF6-2, 7-5
Match #13 Dinara SafinaRUS 6María MartínezESP A7-6 (7-3), 6-1
Match #14 Zheng JieCHN Nuria LlagosteraESP ITF6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 6-4
Match #15 Dominika CibulkováSVK 16Tsvetana PironkovaBUL 6-2, 6-2
Match #16 Jelena JankovićSRB 2Alona BondarenkoUKR 7-5, 6-1

Round Three (13 August 2008)

Winners advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 Sybille BammerAUT Lucie ŠafářováCZE 7-5, 6-4
Match #2 Vera ZvonaryovaRUS 9Francesca SchiavoneITA 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
Match #3 Serena WilliamsUSA 4Alizé CornetFRA 153-6, 6-3, 6-4
Match #4 Yelena DementyevaRUS 5Caroline WozniackiDEN 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
Match #5 Venus WilliamsUSA 7Vika AzarenkaBLR 126-3, 6-2
Match #6 Li NaCHN Kaia KanepiEST 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
Match #7 Dinara SafinaRUS 6Zheng JieCHN 6-4, 6-3
Match #8 Jelena JankovićSRB 2Dominika CibulkováSVK 167-5, 6-1

Quarter-Finals (14 – 15 August 2008)

Winners advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 Vera ZvonaryovaRUS 9Sybille BammerAUT 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Match #2 Yelena DementyevaRUS 5Serena WilliamsUSA 43-6, 6-4, 6-3
Match #3 Li NaCHN Venus WilliamsUSA 77-5, 7-5
Match #4 Dinara SafinaRUS 6Jelena JankovićSRB 26-2, 5-7, 6-3

Semi-Finals (16 August 2008)

Winners advanced to final round.

Match #1 Yelena DementyevaRUS 5Vera ZvonaryovaRUS 96-3, 7-6 (7-3)
Match #2 Dinara SafinaRUS 6Li NaCHN 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

Final Round (17 August 2008)

Match 1/2 Yelena DementyevaRUS 5Dinara SafinaRUS 63-6, 7-5, 6-3
Match 3/4 Vera ZvonaryovaRUS 9Li NaCHN 6-0, 7-5