WTA Tour

Bacsinszky strikes in Monterrey

2015-03-09 11:24
Timea Bacsinszky (File)

Monterrey - In a repeat of last week's Abierto Mexicano TELCEL final in Acapulco, Timea Bacsinszky defeated Caroline Garcia to take home the Abierto Monterrey Afirme title.

For the first time in nearly six years, two players were meeting in WTA finals in back-to-back weeks - the last time that happened was in May 2009, with Svetlana Kuznetsova beating Dinara Safina for the Stuttgart title and then, the next week, Safina beating Kuznetsova to claim the Rome title.

Bacsinszky had beaten Garcia in the Acapulco final last Saturday and for a while it looked like this one would be a flip-flop as well, with Garcia taking the opening set, 6-4, and, after Bacsinszky jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set, a four hour rain delay stopping her in her tracks.

When play resumed at around 11:30pm, though, it seemed like Bacsinszky never really left the court. Swinging freely from both wings the No 4-seeded Swiss cruised through the rest of the second set and kept it going in the third, eventually closing out the No 3-seeded Garcia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The match ended at 00:54, and Bacsinszky cried tears of joy during her on-court interview.

It was Bacsinszky's third WTA title, her first coming at Luxembourg in 2009 and her second at Acapulco a week ago. There was a bit of history to this one, though - until now, no one had won both WTA stops in México in the same year since Monterrey joined Acapulco on the calendar in 2009.

Earlier in the day, before all the rain, the doubles final was played, with No 4 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska upsetting No 3 seeds Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova for the title, 6-3, 2-6, 10-3. It was Dabrowski and Rosolska's first WTA doubles title as a team.

In their post-match press conference, the Canadian-Polish duo was officially solidified for 2015.

"We have plans to play together all year, and hopefully if we do well we are going to play for more than one year," Rosolska said.

"We started the year well with the third round at the Australian Open and now we won this tournament, so we're really happy and we look forward to the next tournaments."

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