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January 6-12, 2013
Results – Saturday, January 12, 2013
Singles – Final
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (9) Mona Barthel (GER) 63 64
Doubles – Final
Muguruza/Torró-Flor (ESP/ESP) d. Babos/Minella (HUN/LUX) 63 76(5)
- Vesnina wins her first WTA title, after going 0 for 6 in her previous finals. She had not even been as far as a semifinal since Moscow in October 2011.
- Vesnina’s victory means Hobart has now had a different champion in each of its 20 years.
- Vesnina beat three seeds en route to the title - No.4 seed Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round, No.8 seed Sloane Stephens in the semifinals and No.9 seed Barthel in the final.
- Vesnina climbs 21 spots on the new rankings to No.47, her best rank since September 2011.
- Defending champion Barthel falls to 12-1 in Hobart, including qualifying matches.
- Barthel’s best two WTA results have come in Hobart, her title in 2012 and runner-up showing in 2013.
- In their first outing as a duo, Muguruza and Torró-Flor take the doubles title, the first WTA title of any kind for both players.
- Both doubles finalists saved match points during the week, Babos and Minella three in their first round match and Muguruza and Torró-Flor three in their semifinal match.
Elena Vesnina: "I feel such relief right now. Honestly I just want to cry. I was a little nervous before the final, but in general I felt good during the match. I just told myself, 'This is my time - I just have to do it, and if I get a chance, take it.' I didn't feel any pressure. I enjoyed all the other finals I've been in, I just lost to really good players. But it finally worked out for me. I've been waiting for this for a long time."
"The biggest difference today was I served better in the key moments. Even with the wind I was just pushing myself to serve harder and with more spin - I was telling myself even if I hit double faults it's okay, just don't let her control the points. Being aggressive the whole point was my plan for today, starting with the serve and return, but also from the groundstrokes and going to the net."