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Apia International Sydney Friday Women's Tennis Results
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY
Sydney, Australia
January 5-10, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results - Friday, January 10, 2014
Singles - Final
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (5) Angelique Kerber (GER) 64 64

Doubles - Final
Babos/Safarova (HUN/CZE) d. (1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 75 36 107 (Match TB)

Final Facts
- 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 has three.

 

Final Quotes
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."

 


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