Szavay Defends Home Title
Published July 11, 2010 12:00
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Agnes Szavay continued to make her country proud as she won the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's stop in Hungary for the second straight year, beating Patty Schnyder for the GDF SUEZ Grand Prix.
In fact, she beat Schnyder in the 2009 final as well, rallying from a set down to win, 26 64 62; this time it wasn't as much of a battle, as a No.7-seeded Szavay raced through the first set - an eight deuce final game lasting as much as all of the other games combined - then had a closer finish to win, 62 64.
"It was a tough match, especially because of the weather - it was really hot. We also both had long matches yesterday, so we were both pretty tired. But we tried to do our best," Szavay said. "I think mentally it was better for me today. We played in the final last year and I won in a tight match, and I think she was thinking about it. She seemed a little nervous at the beginning."
Szavay picked up her fourth career title, having previously won at Palermo and Beijing (a Premier-level title) in 2007 and Budapest one year ago.
At No.49 in the world, Szavay is Hungary's No.1 player, although the 21-year-old was as high as No.13 two years ago. She is one of only two Hungarians in the Top 100, alongside No.72 Melinda Czink. The GDF SUEZ Grand Prix is the only Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event in her native Hungary.
"It's unbelievable to win in Hungary again," Szavay added. "The crowd was great, just like last year. To win two times at home, I can't describe this feeling."
Szavay and Schnyder broke up a final between two of the highest-ranked rising stars on the Tour: Szavay beat No.2 seed Alexandra Dulgheru in the semis and Schnyder defeated No.1 seed Alisa Kleybanova in the second round.
"We are friends. She's a nice girl," Szavay said of Schnyder, whom she played doubles with this week. "We'll be playing more doubles together in the US."
The last time the same two players featured in the final of an event in back-to-back years was at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2009 (the Williams sisters - Venus won in 2008 and Serena won in 2009). The last time it happened at a non-Grand Slam event in back-to-back years was at Antwerp in 2006 and 2007 (Amélie Mauresmo and Kim Clijsters - Mauresmo won both years).
Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin had won three doubles titles together on the ITF Circuit but they finally converted their winning formula to the Tour level with a victory in Budapest. Seeded No.2, they beat No.1 seeds Sorana Cirstea and Anabel Medina Garrigues comfortably in the final, 63 63. Bacsinszky won her first Tour doubles title; Garbin won her ninth.