Monday, March 9, 2015

"Hey, it's MY turn!"...."You don't GET a turn!"

Timea Bacsinszky knows how to make a comeback. Perhaps she spent some time at the Flavia Pennetta Academy of Just Try To Keep Me Down, or perhaps she just really, really knew she could do it. The talented Swiss player, whose career was very significantly set back by injury for a long time, punctuated her return these past two weeks in Mexico by winning both the Acapulco and Monterrey titles.

But that's just the beginning of the story. Both times, Bacsinszky had to beat Caroline Garcia in the final. She handled Garcia easily in Acapulco, but the situation was different in Monterrey, where both a tougher version of the Frenchwoman and a four-hour rain delay complicated matters.

Garcia, playing the kind of tennis that first attracted the attention of fans a few years ago, took the first set 6-4. Garcia looked full of confidence, but then went down 1-3 in the second set. That's when the rain began to pour, and--as we all know--a rain delay almost always favors the mentally steadier of two players. That would be Bacsinszky, and sure enough, the Swiss player returned to the court at 11:30 p.m. and won the second set 6-2. She would go on to win the third, 6-4.

Bacsinszky's double victory marks the first time a player has won the two Mexican tournaments back-to-back since Monterrey was added to the tour in 2009.

In the doubles final, Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska defeated Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova 6-3, 2-6 10-3. The Monterrey title is the first for Dabrowski and Rosolska as a team.

Meanwhile, at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, top seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to win the title. Chen Liang and Wang Yafan won the doubles title, defeating Yulija Begelzimer and Olga Savchuk 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 in the final. Chen and Wang saved six match points in their quarterfinal match against Han and Namigata. They won that match 4-6, 6-1, 15-13.

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