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WTA Odds N' Ends... Vekic Emerges

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Published September 18, 2012 08:02

WTA Odds N' Ends... Vekic Emerges
Donna Vekic
Breakthroughs, ranking movers and much more - every week wtatennis.com will be serving up a summary of stats in WTA Odds N' Ends...

Vekic's Wonderful Week
Though she fell one win short of the title, 16-year-old Croat Donna Vekic had a dream week at the Tashkent Open after coming through qualifying.
- She was the youngest player to make a WTA final since 15-year-old Tamira Paszek won Portoroz in September 2006.
- She had the best result for a player making their main draw debut since Alexandra Dulgheru won Warsaw in May 2009.
- She recorded her first three career Top 100 wins - over No.54 Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round, over No.91 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino in the second round and over No.64 Bojana Jovanovski in the quarterfinals.

Begu Takes Tashkent
In her third career final after being runner-up at Marbella and Budapest in 2011, Irina-Camelia Begu netted her first title.
- The closest she came to defeat was against Galina Voskoboeva in the quarters, where she rallied from a 5-2 third set deficit for a 36 76(1) 75 triumph.
- She is one of 10 first-time titlists this year:
Mona Barthel in Hobart
Angelique Kerber in Paris [Indoors]
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino in Bogotá
Timea Babos in Monterrey
Hsieh Su-Wei in Kuala Lumpur
Kiki Bertens in Fès
Melanie Oudin in Birmingham
Bojana Jovanovski in Baku
Irina-Camelia Begu in Tashkent
Kirsten Flipkens in Québec City

Flipkens Nets Maiden Title
After previously never having been beyond a semifinal, Kirsten Flipkens was victorious at the Bell Challenge in Québec City.
- She is the seventh player outside the Top 100 to win a WTA title in 2012:
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino in Bogotá
Timea Babos in Monterrey
Hsieh Su-Wei in Kuala Lumpur
Kiki Bertens in Fès
Melanie Oudin in Birmingham
Magdalena Rybarikova in Washington DC
Kirsten Flipkens in Québec City

Doubles Winners
Paired up for the first time, Tatjana Malek and Kristina Mladenovic were victorious in Québec City, edging No.1 seeds Alicja Rosolska and Heather Watson in the final, 76(5) 67(6) 107. It was Malek's first career doubles title and Mladenovic's second. Also winning their first event together were Paula Kania and Polina Pekhova in Tashkent. It was just the second WTA doubles event for both of them.

Ranking Risers
- Tashkent runner-up Donna Vekic soared 62 spots to a career-high No.121.
- Québec City champion Kirsten Flipkens jumped from No.102 to No.69, her highest rank since August 2010.
- Québec City quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin went from No.115 to No.98, her highest rank since July 2011.
- Québec City semifinalist Kristina Mladenovic jumped 28 spots to No.95 - a new career-high and her Top 100 debut. She is one of four teens in the Top 100:
No.37 Sloane Stephens (19 years old)
No.60 Timea Babos (19 years old)
No.95 Kristina Mladenovic (19 years old)
No.74 Laura Robson (18 years old)

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