Vesnina Tops Stephens to Make Hobart Final


(January 11, 2013) Unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina demolished American Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes on Friday to reach the final of the Hobart International. Vesnina jumped out to 5-0 lead in less than 20 minutes and never looked back.

For Vesnina it’s her seventh final and she’s still looking for her first WTA title.

Defending champion Mona Barthel  has extended her Hobart winning streak to 12 with a 6-4 6-4 semi final victory over world No.51 Kirsten Flipkens.

The 22-year-old will be the first player in the tournament’s history to play for back-to-back titles on Saturday when she meets Russia’s Elena Vesnina in the singles final.


In the doubles semi finals, Australian pairing Ashleigh Barty and Bojana Bobusic went down to Spanish duo Garbine Muguruza (ESP) and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 2-6 7-6(7) 10-2.

Hobart, Australia
January 6-12, 2013

Results – Friday, January 11, 2013
Singles – Semifinals
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (8) Sloane Stephens (USA) 62 62
(9) Mona Barthel (GER) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 64 64

Doubles – Semifinals
Babos/Minella (HUN/LUX) d. Arruabarrena-Vecino/Domínguez Lino (ESP/ESP) 62 62
Muguruza/Torró-Flor (ESP/ESP) d. Barty/Bobusic (AUS/AUS) 26 76(7) 102 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Saturday, January 12, 2013
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Babos/Minella vs. Muguruza/Torró-Flor
2. Singles Final: Mona Barthel vs. Elena Vesnina (NB 14.00hrs)