The final staging of the classic event, a tier 3 tournament, in 2008 saw Patty Schnyder claim her 11th and final title. Bali, Indonesia hosted the field of 30 competing for the $35,000 purse, played on hard court surfaces. Schnyder the 2nd seed, ranked 15 had stiff competition in an event hosting 5 of the top 27 players in the world including Slovakian – Daniela Hantuchova, Flavia Pennetta, Nadia Petrova of Russia and Fransesca Shiavone. Schnyder was faultless throughout, going through her 4 matches without losing a set. The highlight of the week was easily her drubbing of world number 21, Nadia Petrova in the Semi Final, 7-5 6-1. The thrashing of the 4th seed, semi-finalist is a strong show of dominance from the Swiss champion.
Paszek beat three seeded players in her run to the final of Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic 2008
Another fine performance for the week came from the 18 year old sophomore Tamira Paszek of Austria, who beat three seeded players in her run to the final, only to be flogged by champion Patty Schnyder. Paszek upset Italy’s 7th seed Sara Errani in Round 2, blitzing her 6-0 in the first set and continuing her form to beat the more experienced player 7-6 in the tiebreaker of the second set. This came after beating Anna Lena Greonefeld – a wildcard into the tournament as she was on the comeback trail – comfortably in the 1st round 6-2 6-1. Following the upset of Errani, Paszek continued her dream run by fighting back after losing the first set to humiliate the 3rd seed, Italy’s Flavia Pennetta. In an all-out-brawl Semi Final, following her triumphant Quater Final, Paszek managed to overcome the 1st seed, Daniela Hantuchova, 6-2 5-7 6-4. The Finalist result for Tamira Pazek spiked her ranking 22 places to 63rd following the gigantic results that clearly outshine her previous career highlight, winning the Slovenian Open in 2006 a much weaker tournament, containing just 2 top 50 players.
Schnyder, the 2nd seed began her tournament in Round 2 following a 1st round bye, in what turned out to be her toughest match, battling past China’s Meng Yuan ranked 98 , 6-2 7-5. The twelve game second set was by far the most that the Swiss champion was stretched, as she continued to dispose of her European opponents in the Finals. The Quater-Final clash was with against the Polish player, Marta Domachowska ranked 57, where Patty was never tested winning 6-2 6-2, a respectable week all-in-all for Poland’s number 2. Then came the Semi-Final in what should have been a block-buster, Russian #7 Nadia Petrova proved a disappointment, when Schnyder waltzed through the second set 6-1 after a much tighter 1st set of 7-5. The Final would prove no different, and Patty Schynder was crowned champion, without losing a set in warm Bali conditions.
Other highlights in the Singles draw included Taipei’s Yung-Jan Chan making a real bout of her Quarter Final berth against the 1st seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, going to a 3rd set only to falter 6-2 in the decider. Jill Craybas provided a minor upset in the 1st round beating the 8th seeded Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, however she could not continue this form losing out to the aforementioned Polish #2 Marta Domachowska.
Patty Schnyder the Champion of the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic in Bali boosted her ranking by 2 slots from 13th to 11th to continue her strong 2008 season. Building on her Finalist performance in Bangalore early in the year, the Swiss #1 can be happy with her week in the exotic location of Bali for the week.