Bondarenko No Peer in Winning WTA Hobart

Posted on January 16, 2010

No. 4-seeded Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine beat No. 2-seeded Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the final of the Moorilla Hobart International for her second career title.

"I have waited a couple of years for this title and I'm happy I won," Bondarenko said. "I hope it's not the last for this year. [Peer] played great, we have played already a couple of times and I have lost and I have was my day and I won."

The title ended an over-three-year drought for Bondarenko.

"I'm feeling good, and I hope I can play well in Melbourne," Bondarenko said.

For Peer, who has dealt with Israeli protestors during the first two weeks of 2010, the final was a respite and encouraging sign entering the Australian Open.

"I am happy with my year, I played semifinal (in Auckland) and the final this week, next week I will need to raise my level of course and I hope to play better from the first match," Peer said.

Chia-Jung Chuang and Kveta Peschke won the doubles final over Yung-Jan Chan and Monica Niculescu 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.