APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY
January 5-10, 2014
Results - Friday, January 10, 2014
Singles - Final
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (5) Angelique Kerber (GER)
Doubles - Final
Babos/Safarova (HUN/CZE) d. (1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA)
75 36 107 (Match TB)
- Pironkova wins the first WTA title of her
career in her maiden final.
- Pironkova's previous
best performances were semifinal runs at Wimbledon
(2010), Palermo (2005), Istanbul (2005 and 2008),
Stockholm (2006 and 2007) and Sofia (2012).
- Pironkova becomes the first qualifier to win a
Premier-level title since Makarova triumphed in
Eastbourne in June, 2010.
- Pironkova now leads her
head-to-head with Kerber 2-1.
- Pironkova defeated
three Top 10 players (Kerber, Kvitova and Errani) en
route to the title; her record against Top 10 players
now stands at 11-22.
- Kerber falls to 3-6 in WTA
finals, and 3-4 in hardcourt finals.
- Babos and Safarova win their first WTA doubles title
together in their first tournament as a team; Babos now
has six WTA doubles titles to her name, while Safarova
Pironkova: "I was nervous but
tried my hardest not to show it. I was trying to
concentrate so hard that I only saw the ball – I was
only watching the ball. I was like, 'Okay, just watch
the ball and follow every point.' When I think about
what I've been through, not only last season but
throughout my career, it hasn't been easy for me.
Winning a WTA title is something I've been waiting for
so long and something that I've missed so much. Now that
I finally have it, it's all surreal. I still cannot
believe it, honestly."
Kerber: "It was a
very tough match and she was playing unbelievably well
and she deserved to win the match and the tournament. I
was just trying to play my game and find my rhythm – I
gave everything but she was too good. I can take lots of
positives from the past two weeks and had lots of good
matches before Melbourne, which was my goal."