Szavay Mounts Cra-zay Comeback to Win WTA Budapest Crown

Posted on July 12, 2009

Agnes Szavay beat Patty Schnyder in Budapest on Sunday for the GDF SUEZ Grand Prix title, topping the top-seeded Swiss 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

"It was a great fight -- at the end I was just fighting like a tiger, that was the difference, I think," Szavay said. "It wasn't about the tennis in that match. I was so close to losing."

Szavay's sprayed a number of unforced errors in the beginning but eventually found her range, needing to use the WTA's on-court coaching rule to get back in the match.

"In the first set I wasn't playing so well. I was so nervous and tight, and I couldn't play my game," Szavay said. "But then I called my coach to the court and he made me laugh. I relaxed and started to play much better. It feels great to win here. The crowd was supporting me the whole week. It was a lot of pressure, but on the other hand, they were supporting me so much even when I wasn't playing so well. I won my last title a long time ago so this win feels great, especially because it's in Hungary. I played so badly here last year and didn't expect to win this year, so I'm really happy with what happened."

Szavay fell out of the Top 30 earlier this year but has of late scored Top 10 wins over Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka and Venus Williams.

"My goal is to get back into the Top 20 this year, if possible. I'm in a good way right now, and I just want to keep playing like this," Szavay continued. "Now I'm going to practice on hardcourts for three weeks before playing in the summer hardcourt season, starting in Los Angeles."

Alisa Kleybanova and Monica Niculescu won the doubles final, beating No. 2 seeds the Bondarenko sisters 6-4, 7-6(5).