Australian Open doubles champion Timea Babos claimed her first singles title of the year on Sunday at the Taiwan Open, in the final defeating the Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova 7-5, 6-1.
The No. 4-seeded Babos won her third career title over the first-time finalist Kozlova.
“It’s been five-and-a-half weeks, amazing five-and-a-half weeks,” Babos said after the final. “Starting with a quarterfinal [at the Shenzhen Open], winning my first Slam in doubles, beating a Top 10 player in singles [CoCo Vandeweghe at the Australian Open], and here winning another title in singles, it’s been amazing.”
The Hungarian’s other singles titles came at the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey in 2012 and at the Hungarian Ladies Open in Budapest last year.
The 23-year-old Kozlova broke to start the match, displaying an effective drop shot, but it was Babos who mixed slice with power, striking 38 winners and 12 aces.
“The first set, I think it was very difficult for me to start,” said Babos. “I was a bit slower today than before. It’s a final, somehow you have to manage a different kind of nerves. It was not easy, she played really well and really aggressive in the first set. But I stayed there, I got all the important moments, and I really fought hard.”
The 24-year-old Babos improved to 3-4 in career finals, last year also losing in championship matches at Quebec City and Tashkent.
“I love indoor hard, it’s my favorite surface, and I always have great support,” she said. “I have a bit of a fan club in [Taipei City], so I really enjoy playing here.”
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