Worth The Wait For Megan & Darija
Published April 09, 2014 12:13
Scheduling and prior commitments meant that it would be three months before the two got the chance to team up once again. And judging by the results, they are intent on making up for lost time.
The site of Jurak and Moulton-Levy's second outing was Monterrey, where, despite a couple of close shaves along the way, they emerged as champions, defeating top seeds Timea Babos and Olga Govortsova in Sunday's final.
For both players, the title was their first on the WTA, following a succession of near misses in recent years.
"Despite losing first round in the first tournament we played together, I think both of us knew that we clicked, but we were then both committed to play with other people until this tournament," Moulton-Levy told wtatennis.com.
"There are certain times when it clicks. And it just works, it clicks, mentally we are bouncing at the same time, we understand each other. I'm very fortunate and thankful that I found this partnership and I look forward to many more opportunities to play with Darjia!"
The title also served as a timely present to Jurak, who 24 hours earlier celebrated another significant milestone.
"First of all, I feel very excited and happy because it's my first title, but also because yesterday it was my 30th birthday. I couldn't ask for a better present!" Jurak said. "It's working very well with Megan now, especially as it's only the second time we have played together.
"We've both struggled in the past to find the right partner, but from the first tournament together we felt good energy and so far it looks like a very good decision!"
Bumper crowds created a carnival atmosphere inside Club Sonoma all week and Jurak and Moulton-Levy harnessed their energy to pull them through a number of tight spots, most notably in overturning an 8-6 deficit in the final.
"I love to play tournaments where the crowd gives their heart and soul in all the matches. Monterrey is that kind of tournament for me and I love to play these tournaments where this is a connection with the crowd," Jurak said.
"We played our finals to an almost full house and not every tournament is like that. There is nothing better than playing in front of a crowd that are into the match and the Mexican crowds did not disappoint!" Moulton-Levy added. "They are a lively bunch and we loved it!"