Results for the 2013 Monterrey Open
The Monterrey Open is one of the WTA’s International tournaments and takes place in the Mexican city’s Sierra Madre Tennis Club annually. The 2013 Monterrey Open took place from 1-7 April and featured 4 of the world’s top 20 female players. #6 ranked Angelique Kerber was the #1 seed but faced competition from Marion Bartoli, Maria Kirilenko and Ana Ivanovic. #123 ranked Timea Babos was last year’s surprising champion but was unseeded and was not expected to feature in the latter stages. The singles draw had 32 entrants while the doubles draw had 16 duos. The tournament was played on a hard court and the prize fund was $235,000.
Babos looked to be in the mood to defy the experts as she made her way to the quarter-final, defeating #4 seed Ivanovic along the way. Unfortunately for the defending champion, she ran into Monica Niculescu and relinquished her crown in a 7-5, 6-2 loss. The #1 seed Kerber had no such problems though she came through two tough 3 set affairs en-route to the final.
On the other side of the draw, #2 seed Bartoli was unceremoniously dumped out in round one by unheralded Coco Vandeweghe which completely opened up the draw. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was the #5 seed and took advantage of the opportunity to come through the field and set up a final showdown with Kerber. It was a competitive affair as Kerber took the first set 6-4 but lost sets two and three 6-2, 6-4 to hand victory to her rival. For Pavlyuchenkova, it was an especially sweet victory since she elected not to defend her Family Circle Cup doubles title to compete in this event and it was only her third WTA title.
Babos had the opportunity to make up for her disappointment as she was part of the #1 seeded doubles team along with Kimiko Date-Krumm. They did not have to contend with last year’s champions, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, as the duo were not in the event. It was an opportunity the #1 seeds did not pass up. They came through an epic second round match, winning 10-6 in the final set tie-break and set up a final with #3 seeds Tamarine Tanasugarn and Eva Birnerova. It turned out that Babos and Date-Krumm were far too strong for their opponents and easily won by a score of 6-1, 6-4.
Yet again, Timea Babos found the Monterrey Open to be a happy hunting ground and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova enjoyed a rare singles success in a lively and well-attended event.
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