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Babos & Safarova's Sparkling Debut

Timea Babos and Lucie Safarova went all the way to the Apia International Sydney doubles title, beating co-World No.1s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the final. Not bad for their first event together.

Published January 10, 2014 12:13

Babos & Safarova's Sparkling Debut
Timea Babos, Lucie Safarova

SYDNEY, Australia - Timea Babos and Lucie Safarova made a shockingly good debut as a team at the Apia International Sydney, going all the way to the title - and beating the World No.1s for it.

Having taken out No.2 seeds and 2011 Wimbledon champions Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik earlier in the week, Babos and Safarova came into the final on a high - and that's exactly what they needed with No.1 seeds and three-time Grand Slam champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci there.

But with a mix of some massive serving from Babos - she was serving well into the 120s - and ferocious forehands from Safarova, they pulled off an even bigger upset, dropping the middle set and rallying from 3-0 down in the match tie-break to sneak past the No.1 doubles team, 75 36 107.

"We both played really well in every match this week," Safarova said afterwards. "Most importantly we just tried to enjoy ourselves and have fun out there - and the last match tonight was just amazing."

"Like Lucie said, we just tried to enjoy ourselves," Babos said. "We didn't put too much pressure on ourselves tonight - they're the World No.1s, and there's a reason why. But I told Lucie before the tie-break I had a good feeling we would win, even though we didn't play that well in the second set."

How did the two end up together? "To be honest, I just randomly asked Lucie if she had a partner here, because my partner didn't come," Babos said. "Hers didn't either, so I thought we'd make a good team. We didn't even talk about which sides or how to play - but I guess in the end it was a good decision!"

"We'd definitely like to play together again, but we both have regular partners," Safarova added. "We'll see when the opportunity comes again - for now it's always nice to have each other as a back-up!"

The two may have never played together before, but they have a lot of success with other partners. Even though she's only 20, Babos already had five WTA doubles titles to her name before this, though they were all at the International level, making this one her biggest; Safarova came into Sydney with three WTA doubles titles to her name, all at the Premier level as well. Now they have six and four.

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