On Friday qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova won the title in Sydney and on Saturday qualifier Garbine Muguruza repeated the feat when she lifted the trophy in Hobart. The 20 year old Spaniard, who only turned professional in 2011, had started the 2013 season strongly, getting to number 58 in the rankings before having a layoff since the beginning of July because of ankle surgery. Having got to the quarters in Auckland last week, she still had to qualify in Hobart and won all her three matches easily in straight sets. In the main draw she won her first match 6-1 6-1 and her second on a retirement while leading 4-1. She then faced off against 3rd seeded Kirsten Flipkens in the quarters and dispatched her 6-4 6-3. Her semi final opponent was Estrella Cabeza Candela and she made light work of her fellow Spaniard, winning with the loss of just one game.
In the final she played the wily 7th seeded Czech, Klara Zakopalova. The Czech also easily won her first two rounds in straights before meeting the American, Alison Riske, in the quarters. She took this match 6-4 7-5 to set up a meeting with top seed Sam Stosur in the semis and, once again, came out on top 6-3 6-2 to move into the final. The Czech, playing her 13th WTA final, had her luck run out against a hard hitting player who was on her best run of her career. It took her just an hour and 10 minutes of steady play where she was just better than Zakopalova in every aspect of her game to lift the trophy and give herself a fighting change going into the Aussie Open on Monday.
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