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2005 United States Open: Li Jiawei in imperious form

Thursday 27 August

2005 United States Open: Li Jiawei in imperious form

The winner the previous year in Chicago, when accounting for Tamara Boros in the final, on Sunday 10th July 2005, further south in Fort Lauderdale, Singapore’s Li Jiawei retained her women’s singles title at the Liebherr United States Open.

 

In Chicago, Li Jiawei had been required to withstand a spirited recovery by Tamara Boros, eventually after losing three games in succession emerging victorious in the vital seventh (11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 8-11, 11-13, 11-7).

 

 

Fast forward to Fort Lauderdale, life was somewhat different. Li Jiawei made a similarly good start but on this occasion never relinquished the stranglehold. She beat Hong Kong’s Tie Yana in the final with not a hint of the drama experienced one year earlier. She won straight games.

 

Li Jia Wei had been in superb form throughout the tournament; she was never extended beyond five games. In the opening round she surrendered one game in her victory over Kim Minhee, in round two she overcame Germany's Elke Wosik in straight games and then recorded five games victories over Hong Kong's Zhang Rui and Lau Sui Fei to reach the final.

 

Meanwhile, Tie Yana had been equally impressive on her way to the final and like Li Jia Wei had never been in serious danger of defeat.  In the opening two rounds she had beaten the Korean penholders Kim Soongsil and Lee Eunhee, the former in five games, the latter in four, whilst in the quarters she had ended the host nation's hopes when she had accounted for Gao Jun, without the loss of a single game.

 

The victory over Gao Jun booked her a place in the semi-finals where the adversary was Singapore's Wang Yuegu; the player who had caused the major surprise in the women's singles event when she had beaten third seed, Kim Kyungah in the opening round.

 

Against defensive players the Singapore lady proved very adept, a fact she proved in the very next round by beating Kim Kyungah's doubles partner, Kim Bokrae in six games. Wang Yuegu continued her good form to overcome Hong Kong's Song Ah Sim in the quarters but in the semis Tie Yana had all the answers, her variation of topspin play winning the day.

 

Therefore, the final saw the top two seeds meet and recent performances suggested that the odds were with Tie Yana; on the previous three occasions that they had met she had prevailed but in Fort Lauderdale past performances counted for naught. Li Jia Wei won the first two games with little trouble but in the third Tie Yana made the better start and led 4-1.

 

However, she couldn't maintain the momentum, she lost the next eight points and eventually the match; similarly, in the fourth game she made the better start; she led 7-3 but won only one more point as Li Jiawei accelerated to victory.

 

Quarter-Finals:

Tie Yana (HKG) bt Gao Jun (USA) 4,4, 7,9

Wang Yue Gu (SIN) bt Song Ah im (HKG) 6,5,-1 1,8,7

Lau Sui Fei (HKG) bt Li Jiao (NED) 7,-7,-6,7,9,7

Li Jia Wei (SIN) bt Zhang Rui (HKG) 4,- 14, 10,8,5

 

Semi-Finals:

Tie Yana (HKG) bt Wang Yue Gu (SIN) 7,-10,8,4,7

Li Jia Wei (SIN) bt Lau Sui Fei (HKG) 4,-8, 5,2, 12

 

Final:

Li Jia Wei (SIN) bt Tie Yana (HKG) 3,4,6,8

 

Santiago

2008

LI Jiawei

SIN

KIM Kyungah

KOR

Taipei

2007

LI Jiawei

SIN

FENG Tianwei

SIN

St Petersburg

2006

LI Jiawei

SIN

WANG Yuegu

SIN

Fort Lauderdale

2005

LI Jiawei

SIN

TIE Yana

HKG

Velenje

2005

LI Jiawei

SIN

LIN Ling

HKG

Chicago

2004

LI Jiawei

SIN

BOROS Tamara

HRV

 

Photo Credit:  Gerry Chua

Editor: Ian Marshall 

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