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Babos Continues To Shine In Monterrey

Timea Babos continued the defense of her Monterrey title with a 75 36 62 win over No.4 seed Ana Ivanovic.

Published April 03, 2013 11:59

Babos Continues To Shine In Monterrey
Timea Babos

MONTERREY, México - There is something about the Monterrey Open that brings out the best in Timea Babos.

Twelve months ago, Babos chose the picturesque Sierra Madre Tennis Club, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, as the site of her maiden WTA title, and on Wednesday evening she further enamored herself to the Monterrey crowds with a stirring win 75 36 62 win over former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic.

"It was such an incredible match," Babos said. "I'm really happy to get through to the quarterfinal and to win against Ana was even more special as she's one of my idols and I've always wanted to play against her."

After firing herself to a tight first set thanks to some big hitting and even bigger serving, Babos began to unravel at the start of the second, dropping serve twice in quick succession. Ivanovic duly capitalized to level the match up before capturing another break early on in the decider.

However, revived by a packed evening session crowd, the Hungarian turned the match on its head, reeling off the next six games for her first victory over a member of the Top 20.

"I really enjoyed every moment of it and the crowd was really helping me a lot - it's incredible to play here in the evenings! At the beginning, I think they were supporting Ana a bit more, but as we continued I think they again saw how inspired I was and how much I wanted to win and they were supporting me a bit more. It was a really special day for me," she added.

Meeting her next will be Monica Niculescu, who caused the day's other major shock, knocking out No.6 seed Yanina Wickmayer, 64 36 61.

"This year, I'm a lot more confident and I think I've improved my serve a lot and at the moment feel like I can beat anybody," Niculescu said. "It was a close match, she is very aggressive and at the start I just tried to be very solid and use my slice when I could.

"Yanina is an unbelievable player and I'm really happy to beat her and if I keep playing well maybe I can get to the final here."

There were no such slip-ups for the other three seeds in action, though, as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Urszula Radwanska and Ayumi Morita booked their quarterfinal spots with straight set victories.

No.5 seed Pavlyuchenkova needed just an hour to see off qualifier Tereza Mrdeza, 61 61, while Radwanska defeated Donna Vekic, 64 61, and Morita overcame Galina Voskoboeva, 64 76(3).

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