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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Home hope Timea Babos leads the field in the inaugural WTA Budapest Hungarian Ladies Open
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|WTA Budapest $226,750||QF||24 Feb|
|J Goerges  (GER)||61 75||Y Wickmayer  (BEL)|
|C Witthoeft (GER)||61 61||A Beck  (GER)|
|T Babos  (HUN)||64 26 61||O Dodin  (FRA)|
|L Safarova  (CZE)||63 75||A Sasnovich [Q] (BLR)|
|WTA Budapest||R2||23 Feb|
|Y Wickmayer  (BEL)||64 62||I Khromacheva|
|C Witthoeft (GER)||76(3) 63||I Falconi (USA)|
|O Dodin  (FRA)||62 61||T Korpatsch [Q] (GER)|
|T Babos  (HUN)||63 62||A Blinkova [Q] (RUS)|
|WTA Budapest||R2||22 Feb|
|J Goerges  (GER)||62 62||D Vekic (CRO)|
|L Safarova  (CZE)||62 61||Hsieh S-W (TPE)|
|A Beck  (GER)||62 60||F Stollar [WC] (HUN)|
|A Sasnovich [Q] (BLR)||76(3) 64||P Parmentier  (FRA)|
|I Khromacheva||67(6) 63 64||D Allertova (CZE)|
|Y Wickmayer  (BEL)||63 46 75||I Shinikova [Q] (BUL)|
|I Falconi (USA)||46 75 64||B Stefkova [Q] (CZE)|
|C Witthoeft (GER)||63 62||S Cirstea  (ROU)|
|O Dodin  (FRA)||64 64||D Galfi [WC] (HUN)|
|T Babos  (HUN)||63 62||I Soylu [WC] (TUR)|
|WTA Budapest||R1||21 Feb|
|A Blinkova [Q] (RUS)||36 64 63||N Broady (GBR)|
|T Korpatsch [Q] (GER)||63 63||E Rodina (RUS)|
|J Goerges  (GER)||67(3) 63 64||A Kontaveit [Q] (EST)|
|A Sasnovich [Q] (BLR)||46 64 61||K Flipkens (BEL)|
|F Stollar [WC] (HUN)||62 76(4)||D Kovinic (MNE)|
|WTA Budapest||R1||20 Feb|
|L Safarova  (CZE)||60 57 76(4)||M Linette (POL)|
|Hsieh S-W (TPE)||26 63 61||S Sorribes Tormo (ESP)|
|P Parmentier  (FRA)||76(3) 76(2)||K Kozlova (UKR)|
|A Beck  (GER)||62 62||J Cepelova (SVK)|
|D Vekic (CRO)||63 75||E Alexandrova (RUS)|
A solid doubles player, Babos made some good strides up the rankings last year in Singles, reaching a career high of No. 25 in September 2016, after reaching the third round of the US Open. Since then she might have slipped a bit down the ratings, having suffered five straight first round losses since the start of the year.
She starts against a wildcard and in front of a home crowd will be looking for her first win of the year to set her ship straight.
Although her singles campaign at the Australian Open may have ended in the second round, Safarova combined with Bethanie Mattek-Sands for the doubles title, and looks like she is back on her way after an illness wrecked the end of her 2015 and start of 2016 season.
She got her first back to back wins in Taipei on the way to the semi-final and could be one to watch for a comeback run.
Often a stalwart of the German Fed Cup side, Goerges fell foul of the inclement weather, injuring herself quite badly slipping on one of the lines, so it is a surprise to see her back in potential action so quickly.
She has a gentle enough start against either a qualifier or a lucky loser but this might be a stretch for her comeback.
There will have been few people who rejoiced in a bit of a resurgence from the Romanian at the start of the year. She is a long way still from her career high just outside the Top 20 in 2013, but she had a spirited run to the fourth round of the Australian Open which catapulted her back up the rankings from just inside the Top 80 to around the Top 60.
She failed to pick up a win in Taipei and lost in Fed Cup so will be searching for some momentum.
The Hungarian Ladies Championships take place between 20-26 February (GMT +1 hours).
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