It’s been a great start to the season so far for Lucie Safarova. She won her first Major title with a doubles win at the 2015 Australian Open, teaming with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Lucie has now added her first Premier singles title by besting Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-3 to emerge the champion at the 2015 Qatar Total Open in Doha. On the way to the title, Safarova went through Samantha Stosur, Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic and Carla Suarez Navarro, the last three being seeded players. Navarro took out the top seed, Petra Kvitova, in the quarters. Lucie earned a measure of revenge for her friend and countrywoman Kvitova by rolling through Carla 3 and 2 in the semis. With her final triumph, the 28-year old Safarova will move to #11 in the world, her highest ever singles ranking.
Speaking of best singles rankings ever, Timea Bacsinszky continues her rise back up the rankings by winning the 2015 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco. Timea hadn’t won a singles event since 2009, suffered serious injuries since then and had plummeted at one point to 578 in the world. She was basically out of the game in terms of the main tour. Bacsinszky admitted that she was on the verge of quitting the sport in 2013. Thankfully, after making some team changes, she stuck with it. After a long journey back, she will ascend to her best ever ranking of 31 in the world following her win over Caroline Garcia in the Acapulco final, 6-3 6-0. The only thing marring this tournament was Maria Sharapova having to pull out of her semifinal against Garcia with a stomach illness. However, even if Masha had been well enough to play and had won this event, a run to the final by Timea would still have been extremely impressive considering where she once was. At only 25 years old, she has plenty of time to rise even higher than #31.
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QATAR TOTAL OPEN
LUCIE SAFAROVA (won 6-4 6-3 vs Victoria Azarenka)
ABIERTO MEXICANO TELCEL
5 TIMEA BACSINSZKY (won 6-3 6-0 vs 3 Caroline Garcia)