07/04/2013 – It’s fantastic! Timi and Kimiko Date-Krumm won the doubles at Monterrey Open (235 000 USD): this is the young Hungarian’s fourth title at the WTA Tour!
Timi and the Japanese legend won smoothly in the final against Eva Birnerova and Tamarine Tanasugarn, the meeting lasted 71 minutes.
|MONTERREY OPEN (235 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, FINAL|
|Timea Babos, Kimiko Date-Krumm (Hungarian, Japanese, 1)-Eva Birnerova, Tamarine Tanasugarn (Czech, Thai, 3) 6:1, 6:4|
“Of course I’m really happy to win and kind of defend my title, even though it’s doubles!” But this is a really special place for me. I’m really happy to share this with Kimiko. In the beginning of the week she was having some problems with her back, but she’s so tough and fought through it. This wasn’t the first time Kimiko and I have played together. We make a really good team.” – said Timi.
“Since February, we are again on the road, and fortunately a lot of work, a lot of training and competition slowly gave the long awaited results! The individual game continuously improving and the confidence is slowly coming back due to the winning matches! In doubles we get closer to the top players, we managed to find great and reliable partners with whom we are expected to continuing our work, I hope we manage to evolve and keep pace to get many beautiful results in the next few months! “– said coach Levente Barátosi.
Timi was the singles winner last year at the Monterrey Open, and celebrated doubles triump in Birmingham with Hsieh Su-Wei. In January the 19-year-old Hungarian player was runner-up with Mandy Minella in Hobart, meanwhile in February they won the title in Bogota. Now, in the fifth WTA Tour final of her career came the fourth ultimate success.
The 42-year-old Japanese legend played her ninth WTA doubles finals: won in 1996 with Ai Sugiyama in Tokyo, in 2011 in Osaka, with Chiang Shuai, in 2012 in Copenhagen, with Rika Fujiwara and in this year in February at Pattaya City with Casey Dellacqua.
The Mexican final was much more smoothly than expected! In the short first set Timi and her partner played very well, they broke twice while gave no chance for the opponent. Birnerova and Tanasugarn fought hardly but almost hopelessly.
The second set was much more tightly, but with no turnaround. Sometimes the first seeds made mistakes, once they lost the service game, but also dominated the match after 3:2.
The third seeds save a match point at 5:3, when Timi unsuccessfully claimed out at Tanasugarn’s serve. Fortunately, this did not affect the sequel! At Date-Krumm’s serve after 30-30 the rivals gave two easy points, so Timi and Kimiko won the match!