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More than 2000 people were watching Timea Babos and Timea Babos stepping on center court this afternoon in the final of the tournament.

 

No1 seed Babos had a 0-2 H2H against the No2 seed Czech before today's match and was looking for her second WTA title after Monterrey in 2012.

 

The first set went to Safarova in tie-break and the second to Timi (6-4), so deciding set was coming up. The Czech already had 7 finals with three sets and could win only one of them and she couldn't collect the second one.

 

Timi was more aggressive and had great serves and finally took the match 67(4) 64 63.

 

"I'm really, really happy," she said after the match. "It's an unbelievable feeling and an incredible moment for my career that I could play against Lucie. She's an amazing player and it was a big fight and it's unbelievable that I could come out with a win in front of my home crowd."

 

"It was very tiring. I had to move a lot, but still be aggressive. She's a tough player - one of the best - so it was difficult, especially after losing the first set after leading. I tried to stay calm and maintain my tactics; it was working really well, and the at 2-2 in the third, I felt like something changed. From that moment, I was flying on the court, being really aggressive. I'm especially happy with how I played in the third."

 

"It's not easy being the No.1 seed in your home country without winning a match this year; this is its own kind of pressure," Timi admitted, "but I just tried to stay focused and calm to do my best and give everything I had. Match by match, I started to play better, but it's still incredible what happened.

 

"After match point, I immediately started to cry becuase I know how hard it was the last couple months. My coach and I looked at each other feeling relieved that we were still on the right track despite some tough moments. I'm happy that everything turned around at home.

 

"The organization was amazing; it was great for the crowd to have a Hungarian each day to support. Yesterday we had a full house, almost as if it were a National Tennis Day. It was full again today, and they helped me a lot. It's good for Hungarian tennis and it's good for tennis in general to have new, good tournaments. I hope we'll have this event here for a long time."

 

Former World No.1 and ethnic Hungarian Monica Seles presented the trophy for the winner and the runner-up.

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