MONTERREY, México - In just their second event together, Timea Babos and Kimiko Date-Krumm secured their first WTA title at the Monterrey Open on Sunday with a straight set defeat of Eva Birnerova and Tamarine Tanasugarn.
Both winners already had some pleasant memories of Monterrey, as Babos won her first WTA title in singles here last year and Date-Krumm was runner-up last year in doubles with Zhang Shuai. Their only set surrendered as a pairing this year was in a quarterfinal defeat of Gabriela Dabrowski and Alla Kudryavtseva despite Date-Krumm having to retire from her singles opener with a back injury.
Interestingly enough, Babos' three WTA doubles titles have come with three different partners at three different events and Date-Krumm's five have come with five different partners at five different events.
Just one of those titles came during the first phase of Date-Krumm's career that saw her retire in 1996. But since returning to the WTA full-time in 2009, she has picked up four more WTA doubles titles - four times adding her name to the list of Open Era doubles titlists 40 and older:
|Martina Navratilova||49 yrs. 9 mos.||'06 Montréal|
|Martina Navratilova||49 yrs. 7 mos.||'06 Strasbourg|
|Martina Navratilova||48 yrs. 9 mos.||'05 Toronto|
|Martina Navratilova||47 yrs. 6 mos.||'04 Vienna|
|Martina Navratilova||47 yrs. 0 mos.||'03 Philadelphia|
|Martina Navratilova||46 yrs. 11 mos.||'03 Leipzig|
|Martina Navratilova||46 yrs. 9 mos.||'03 Toronto|
|Martina Navratilova||46 yrs. 6 mos.||'03 Rome|
|Martina Navratilova||46 yrs. 5 mos.||'03 Sarasota|
|Martina Navratilova||46 yrs. 3 mos.||'03 Dubai|
|Martina Navratilova||46 yrs. 2 mos.||'03 Gold Coast|
|Martina Navratilova||45 yrs. 7 mos.||'02 Madrid|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm||42 yrs. 6 mos.||'13 Monterrey|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm||42 yrs. 4 mos.||'13 Pattaya City|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm||41 yrs. 6 mos.||'12 Copenhagen|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm||41 yrs. 0 mos.||'11 Osaka|
|Billie Jean King||40 yrs. 2 mos.||'84 Chicago|