Going into 2013, Elena Vesnina had shown great promise but could not break through in WTA singles finals, having lost all 6 she had reached. She finally broke through, winning the 2013 Moorilla Hobart International, a hard court run-up event to the Australian Open. The 26-year old Russian star can now add a grass court pre-Wimbledon event to her trophy case. Vesnina defeated rising American Jamie Hampton 6-2 6-1 to win the 2013 AEGON International. The final game score doesn’t reflect how competitive the match was. There were a lot of deuces and 30-30 type games. In Jamie’s first service game of the 2nd set, there were 7 deuce points before she was broken. Jamie was definitely out there fighting, and at times looked like she had points set up but missed the attempt for a winning shot. I think both ladies should take something positive from this. Vesnina gets a 2nd title to validate that she’s no fluke winner. At 26, there is still time for her to make noise as a champion on tour. She had big wins over Ana Ivanovic and Li Na to take AEGON. Elena also matches her career best ranking of 22. How she does in Majors depends on her draw, but she certainly should be able to give anybody trouble. For Jamie, she took out Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki to reach her first career WTA final. Jamie will shoot up to 25 in the rankings, easily a career best as she only entered the top 50 a few weeks ago. It’s a real bummer for American tennis fans to see that Jamie drew Sloane Stephens in the first round of Wimbledon. Both young, promising American players are threats to upset higher seeds. It’s too bad one of them will be gone after the first round.
|singles – Final|
|ELENA VESNINA (RUS) D JAMIE HAMPTON (USA)||| 6 – 2 | 6 – 1 ||
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