Sunday, September 16, 2012

Flipkens and Begu win first titles

Kirsten Flipkens won her first WTA title today in Quebec City. Flipkens defeated Lucie Hradecka 6-1, 7-5 to win the Bell Challenge. This was the champion's first-ever WTA final, and she upset both Dominika Cibulkova and Mona Barthel along the way. (It was Hradecka's fifth final, but the Czech player has yet to win a title.)

The doubles title was taken by 3rd seeds Tatjana Malek and Kristina Mladenovic. They defeated top seeds Alicja Rosolska and Heather Watson 7-6, 6-7, 10-7.

In Tashkent, Irina-Camelia Begu won her first WTA title yesterday when she defeated 16-year-old qualifier Donna Vekic in the final. Begu ended the surprise run of Vekic with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The unseeded Begu took out the second, third and eighth seeds on her way to the title.

Paula Kania and Polina Pekhova won the doubles title. They took the first set 6-2, then their opponents--Anna Chakvetadze and Vesna Dolonc--retired. The retirement came about because of an injury to Chakvetadze's back.

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