02 May 2011

Adriana Perez - April 2011


April 2011


The chosen featured player for April is 18-year old Adriana Perez from Venezuela.

The teenager competed in three consecutive tournaments in her home nation, all held at the Centro Nacional de Tenis in the capital city; Caracas.  Named as the No. 4 seed in the singles event of the opening tournament she powered her way, almost effortlessly, through the draw, never losing more than two games in any one set.

The final, her first of 2011, came on the back of knocking out the top seed in the semi final and saw her take on Viktoriya Kisialeva, a qualifier from Belarus.  In keeping with her play during the tournaments previous rounds, Perez swept into a one set lead, losing just the one game.  The second set saw more of a fight coming from her opponent but with a 63 win Perez claimed her first title since October 2010.

There was also a title winning performance from Perez in the doubles event where she was the No. 1 seed with her Colombian partner Karen Castiblanco.  The pair cruised to victory with straight sets wins in each round including the final against the No. 2 seeded pairing.

Her second tournament saw her once again in title winning form, this time as the sixth seed in the singles event.  The opening two rounds were both taken in straight sets with her second round victory coming without loss of a game!  From here in she faced seeded opposition in each round starting with a three set victory in the quarterfinal over the fourth seed and her doubles partner Karen Castiblanco.

Then, for the second tournament in succession, she eliminated the No. 1 seed in straight sets to move into the final.  Here, she was forced to come from behind to secure a second title of 2011, defeating fifth seeded American Amanda McDowell 26 62 62.  As in the previous week, the doubles title was also won by Perez & Castiblanco.

Following these two weeks of double title winning performances, her third and final tournament, this time as the fifth seed, here this month ended, surprisingly, with a three set defeat in the second round.  Her conqueror, Indire Akiki from Croatia was to go on and take the singles title and the one set that she lost to Perez was the only set dropped all week. 

The Perez & Castiblanco partnership was also not to repeat the early successes as they bowed out in the semifinal, as second seeds, to the Cubans Misleydis Diaz-Gonzalez & Yamile Fors-Guerra.  The Cuban pairing would go on to claim the title.

Her performances this month would prove to be good enough to elevate Perez up the WTA Singles Rankings ladder to a new career high of 507, as revealed with the release of the May 2nd rankings.