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- Top Seeds: Dominika Cibulkova, Zhang Shuai, Timea Babos, Sorana Cirstea
- Defending Champion: Timea Babos
- British Interest: Naomi Broady (Qualifying)
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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Home favourite Timea Babos returns to defend her title after winning last year’s inaugural Hungarian Open.
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Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|WTA Budapest $250,000||R2||22-Feb|
|J Larsson (SWE)||63 61||A Krunic  (SRB)|
|D Cibulkova  (SVK)||64 62||K Flipkens (BEL)|
|Y Bonaventure [Q] (BEL)||64 61||D Vekic  (CRO)|
|M Barthel (GER)||64 46 63||T Babos  (HUN)|
|Zhang S  (CHN)||26 76(4) 63||J Cepelova [Q] (SVK)|
|WTA Budapest $250,000||R2||21-Feb|
|A Van Uytvanck (BEL)||61 60||M Buzarnescu  (ROU)|
|V Kuzmova [LL] (SVK)||62 64||S Lisicki (GER)|
|P Martic (CRO)||36 64 64||A Sasnovich  (BLR)|
|J Cepelova [Q] (SVK)||62 62||C Witthoeft (GER)|
|K Flipkens (BEL)||63 75||M Niculescu (ROU)|
|Zhang S  (CHN)||63 62||A Rodionova [Q] (AUS)|
|D Cibulkova  (SVK)||63 63||F Stollar [WC] (HUN)|
|T Babos  (HUN)||61 60||T Maria (GER)|
|WTA Budapest $250,000||R1||20-Feb|
|M Buzarnescu  (ROU)||76(5) 61||L Arruabarrena (ESP)|
|A Krunic  (SRB)||62 64||G Garcia Perez [Q] (ESP)|
|Y Bonaventure [Q] (BEL)||60 60||S Torribes Tormo (ESP)|
|A Sasnovich  (BLR)||63 63||R Vinci [Q] (ITA)|
|J Larsson (SWE)||61 76(5)||M Frech [Q] (POL)|
|V Kuzmova [LL] (SVK)||64 62||S Cirstea  (ROU)|
|D Vekic  (CRO)||63 63||P Udvardy [WC] (HUN)|
|WTA Budapest $250,000||R1||19-Feb|
|M Barthel (GER)||76(3) 57 60||K Kozlova (UKR)|
|P Martic (CRO)||64 62||A Lottner [WC] (GER)|
|S Lisicki (GER)||06 64 62||P Parmentier (FRA)|
|A Van Uytvanck (BEL)||63 62||O Dodin (FRA)|
Despite what looked like a decent enough start to the season, the gritty Slovakian stalled a little. She was a shock exit at the Australian Open in the first round, and has not won back to back matches since reaching the Sydney quarter-final.
If she can tap into some form she ought to be assured of a decent run here.
Similarly, Zhang is looking to string together some results having hardly set the world alight since the start of this year. She has yet to get any back to back wins this year, in a stark contrast to the end of year momentum she had, finishing the season in Honolulu with a title.
On her current form she could well come unstuck by the quarter-finals.
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The defending champion comes in with the best form so far out of the seeds, having won the final in Taipei. With home crowd advantage as well, she has a decent chance of a run to the quarter-finals at least with fairly evenly matched head to heads with those she could face in the earlier rounds.
Cirstea also comes into the event with some solid matches at Premier level after reaching the third round in Doha, and certainly in paper should make the most of being at an International event.
The Hungarian Ladies Championships take place between 20-26 February (GMT +1 hours).
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