Saturday, January 14, 2012

Barthel wins her first title in style

To go through qualifying, then take out the 2nd, 4th and 5th seeds, then beat the top seed in the final with two aces at the end is the sort of thing that deserves to be called a "dream run." For Mona Barthel, the new Hobart champion, it was also the dramatic run to her first WTA title.

Barthel, seeded 2nd in the qualifying draw, had to win three rounds before she could enter the main draw. She then defeated qualifier Romina Oprandi, 2nd seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, 5th seed Jarmila Gajdosova, and 4th seed Angelique Kerber, before taking out 1st seed Yanina Wickmayer 6-1, 6-2.

4th seeds Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu won the doubles title, defeating 3rd seeds Chuang Chia-Jung and Marina Erakovic 6-7, 7-6, 10-5.

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