Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and her partner, Timea Babos of Hungary, won the AEGON Classic doubles title on Sunday in Birmingham, England, edging out Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber of the US 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 10-8.
The unseeded duo led the first set, but gave up ground to the Americans, the top-ranked pair in the women’s doubles contest, in the second set.
However, Hsieh and Babos won a grueling final-set tiebreak when the duo scored six straight points to reverse a 4-8 deficit and snatch the title, which had a total purse of US$220,000.
The duo were scheduled to face Zheng Jie and Zhang Shuai of China in the semi-finals, but they made it into the final without having to do so after Zheng quit due to an injury suffered playing against Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic in the singles.
Yesterday, Melanie Oudin of the US defeated Jankovic in straight sets to win her first WTA Tour title in a final held over from Sunday after bad weather disrupted the schedule.
Oudin eased to a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Oudin got an early break, but Jankovic broke back, before the American regained the initiative following a sloppy game from the Serb and she closed out the opening set, before taking a 2-0 lead in the second.
Jankovic rarely threatened a comeback as Oudin, who has received a wild card for Wimbledon, eased over the line in 1 hour, 35 minutes.
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France’s Alize Cornet defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 7-5, 7-6 (7/1) on Sunday to win the Gastein Ladies for her first WTA Tour title in four years.
The seventh-seeded Cornet, who is ranked 73rd in the world, earned her second career title after winning in Budapest, Hungary, in 2008 and she is now 2-3 in WTA finals.
“I can’t believe it,” Cornet said. “This was the tournament I wanted to win this year. I can’t believe I didn’t win a title for the last four years, so now it’s all happiness.”