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Barktra
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:33 AM
Timea :yeah:
Aleandra :sobbing:

Maza1987
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:34 AM
a star is born.

iPatty
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:34 AM
Sloane, this should be you. :o

Congrats to Timea! Great to see an 18-year old grab a WTA title. Hopefully she can break through at the bigger events this year as well. Great (and unexpected) week for Alexandra as well. If she's not too tired she can make a run in Acapulco next week.

Curcubeu
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:35 AM
This time she really should have served underarm.

Expected win for Timea who was the only player out there being able to break or at least get BPs, something Alexandra failed to do mainly because of the Hungarian's strong serve.

I hope she will get another chance in her career, however, great week and back into the Top 100! ;)

Jane Lane
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:37 AM
Well done. :worship: It's so weird seeing someone born the same year as me winning WTA titles. :lol:

It was a pretty good quality match too especially with 2 first time finalists. Much better than Bogota. :tape:

Barktra
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:37 AM
When is the last time a teenager has won a WTA event?

M.P
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:37 AM
Good job timea

Brad[le]y.
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:38 AM
When is the last time a teenager has won a WTA event?

:p last week

fouc
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:38 AM
When is the last time a teenager has won a WTA event?

last week?

edit: beat me to it :p

Curcubeu
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:38 AM
When is the last time a teenager has won a WTA event?

Bogota, 1 week ago :oh:

3 answers Lol

Barktra
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:39 AM
:facepalm: :haha:

Excelscior
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Congrats Timea.

You made that quick and efficient, once you had a chance to win. No Hiccups in the second set. You just held serve, till you could break.

Good Luck for the rest of the season.

Gregorio87
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Timi won a WTA title!!! :worship::worship::worship: It's a huge breakthrough for her.

Acapulco doubles and 25K in Mexico next weeks :oh:

alfonsojose
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:44 AM
As usual .. the usual clueless tournament director .. "Alexandra Canatu" :help:
Timea has huge groundies both girls grunting and screaming like crazy :facepalm: The youngsters keep going with that thing and WTA does nothing.

And the president of Whirpool Mexico trashing "a player" - i guess Serena - for withdrawing. "The tournament is bigger than just a player" Meow :cat:

Noctis
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:47 AM
Babos has change.completely,way more aggressive, Stepping in
Fulfilling her potential

tejmeglekvár
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:48 AM
congratz Timi :worship: many more to come :cheer:
good quality final, Cadantu did put enough pressure on Timi who had to go for some extra shots, and miss some of them. Losing serve 2 times is nothing worrying, except if she cant even manage to get deuce at return games...

King Halep
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:49 AM
When is the last time a teenager has won a WTA event?

a teenager has won Monterrey the last 3 times

plokploky
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:49 AM
:cheer: I love it when the younger players do well on the tour.

Srodgers
Feb 27th, 2012, 01:05 AM
Congrats on your 1st title Timea :yeah:

Corswandt
Feb 27th, 2012, 01:22 AM
Not a bad match. Surpassed expectations. Last year I was going all boohoo after Babyfat won this, saying we'd never see a teenager winning a WTA title again, and now we've had two teen titlists in consecutive weeks - but clearly this is the most significant one.

Like an indoor ATP match in that it was decided by a single break in each set, and there were only BPs on a couple other games. Speed of the court (very fast for today's standards, makes good serves deadly - last year it played much the same) and maybe altitude, and of course Babos' excellent serve, largely to blame for that.

Babos' serve won her the match - it's predictable (Babos favours the sliced serve - which is world class - to both sides of the court on 1st), but even after Cadantu began anticipating it better she wasn't much more effective in returning it (even though she did stop getting aced as much).

Cadantu, skinny and weathered as so many of the scrubs I remember watching back in the mid 1990s, is a FH player. More dynamic mover than Babos, makes excellent use of angles, FH is decent but doesn't really qualify as a match-winning weapon. Needed to be more consistent to have a shot at this, and play into Babos' FH more - and far too often, particularly in the first set, she just rolled the ball up the middle for Babos to have a got at it.

Babos is a work in progress. Serve see above. Heavier weaponry than Cadantu by a considerable margin, goes for the lines when in position to do so and mostly nails them, some spectacular winners from the baseline, a couple of good FH dropshots, good enough scrambling on the defense, but ROS is incipient as it usually is with younger players. Full Western grip on FH means it's completely unreliable (why do they keep teaching these extreme grips to young girls?) and Babos was struggling to keep it in check - it was either a wild miss or a winner, and after a while Babos just began slicing it, particularly on ROS. Junkballed Cadantu to death to earn the decisive break in the second - not pretty, but it did the business.

And the president of Whirpool Mexico trashing "a player" - i guess Serena - for withdrawing. "The tournament is bigger than just a player" Meow :cat:

Yup. People in Monterrey were really disappointed it seems.

Very cute trophy presentation otherwise (crowd reacting when one of the old dudes presenting the trophies gave Babos a hug that they thought a bit too warm :lol: ). People talked about Cadantu as if she was some sort of psycho bitch, yet she was all giggly and more than graceful throughout.

MakarovaFan
Feb 27th, 2012, 01:24 AM
When is the last time a teenager has won a WTA event?
Better question(and less prone to the imminent smarky replies) would have been: When was the last time an 18 or under player won a WTA event??

Inger67
Feb 27th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Wow Timea! Sloane, this is who you played with in juniors and she has definitely passed you :sad:

Curcubeu
Feb 27th, 2012, 01:50 AM
People talked about Cadantu as if she was some sort of psycho bitch, yet she was all giggly and more than graceful throughout.

I was very surprised about this as well. Apart from her high pitched random shrieking in the last service game of hers, she was very calm out there. I don't know why and what is the reason for her change in attitude, but she became an angel compared to that unforgettable match against Halep at last year's ITF in Bucharest fistpumping and yelling on every point and of course, the legendary underarm serve fail.

Maybe she just got more mature and understood to change her behaviour if she wanted to be accepted by the crowd and by other players on WTA level now.

Protoss
Feb 27th, 2012, 02:01 AM
Better question(and less prone to the imminent smarky replies) would have been: When was the last time an 18 or under player won a WTA event??
I posted this in the thread about Babos' semifinal win:

Halep was a finalist in Fes in April 2010, 5 months before her 19th birthday. Pavlyuchenkova won Monterrey in March 2010, 4 months before her 19th birthday.

Caro, Vika, Aga, and Kvitova all were finalists at 18. All of them won their 1st final except Vika.

I think Babos is the 1st player born in 1992 or 1993 to make a WTA singles final.

HuHu
Feb 27th, 2012, 02:26 AM
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iPatty
Feb 27th, 2012, 02:32 AM
I posted this in the thread about Babos' semifinal win:

Halep was a finalist in Fes in April 2010, 5 months before her 19th birthday. Pavlyuchenkova won Monterrey in March 2010, 4 months before her 19th birthday.

Caro, Vika, Aga, and Kvitova all were finalists at 18. All of them won their 1st final except Vika.

I think Babos is the 1st player born in 1992 or 1993 to make a WTA singles final.

Lara Arruabarena-Vecino (born in '92) just won Bogota last week.

Sylvester
Feb 27th, 2012, 03:16 AM
Lara Arruabarena-Vecino (born in '92) just won Bogota last week.

That makes her 19, not 18 or below! :p

oleada
Feb 27th, 2012, 05:14 AM
Never seen Babos play, but this is definitely impressive and I'll be looking forward to seeing her game.

Halepsova
Feb 27th, 2012, 05:21 AM
:cheer:

A-Bond
Feb 27th, 2012, 06:43 AM
Wooooow Timea, what a great win! Really out of nothing she made the Semis in Bogota and won the title here! I've seen her name quiet a few times on the ITF Circuit but I don't know how she plays. Definitely a player I have to look out for :)

Hope to see more of her this year!

The Kaz
Feb 27th, 2012, 06:59 AM
Cadantu was so cute with her speech :hearts: Her english is actually quite good :eek: I actually expected it to be poor for some reason. I think i'm officially now a fan :D

Timi looks so much older that her age.

faboozadoo15
Feb 27th, 2012, 08:04 AM
:Banana: YAY Timea!!!

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 27th, 2012, 08:34 AM
Timea ;) :yeah: :)
congrats girl :cheer: :D

Sombrerero loco
Feb 27th, 2012, 08:38 AM
When is the last time a teenager has won a WTA event?

cody :haha:

Juanes
Feb 27th, 2012, 08:39 AM
congrats to her.... really good performance last two weeks....

Mistress of Evil
Feb 27th, 2012, 09:59 AM
yay :cheer: Good for the tour :yeah:

natilany
Feb 27th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Great job Timi!!!

Material World
Feb 27th, 2012, 09:18 PM
Great result for Timea - rising fast. Great post from Corswandt too - thanks! :)