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Third-seeded Romanian Simona Halep, the player most in-form in the field, won the 2013 WTA tournament in Budapest, the Hungarian Grand Prix. Thus, she collected her third consecutive ‘International' category WTA competition trophy after defeating surprise finalist Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-1.

Road to the final

Halep had a smooth ride to the top 16 by defeating Kazakh Sesil Karatancheva (6-3, 6-0), and she entered the court in the second round against Hungary’s Ágnes Bukta by knowing that No. 2 seed French Alize Cornet, the winner of the Budapest tournament in 2008, had been eliminated by the Czech Andrea Hlavackova, and therefore, Halep remained the top seed on the lower half of the main draw.

After defeating Bukta (6-1, 6-1), Halep faced another Hungarian player, Tímea Babos in the quarter-finals. After a tight first set (7-5), the second was smooth (6-1) for the Romanian. For a place in the final, she met with compatriot Alexandra Cadantu and the struggle of the two Romanian girls was won by Simona Halep (6-2, 7-6) who qualified for the finale without losing a single set.

In the top half of the main draw, no seeded player reached the final. The biggest surprise came in the very first round as Russia’s Valeria Solovyeva knocked out the first seed Czech Lucie Safarova  (6-1, 6-0). Yvonne Meusburger first beat Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck (6-0, 6-2) and then, won in three sets (3-6, 6-4, 6-4) against No. 7 seed Swede Johanna Larsson to face fourth-seeded German Annika Beck in the quarter-finals. Meusburger defeated her 6-4, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals. There, there was no sign of the expected big battle against No. 6 seed South African Chanelle Scheepers – Meusburger qualified for the final smoothly (6-2, 6-2).

Hungarians on court

Hungary’s top ranked female tennis player, Tímea Babos, successfully took the first two obstacles. First, she beat Serbian Aleksandra Krunic in three sets (6-3, 6-7, 6-3), and she also needed three sets to overcome No. 7 seed Spanish Maria Teresa Torro-Flor (1-6, 6-4, 7 -6). However, in the quarter-finals, Halep, the eventual winner stopped her.

19-year-old wild card holder Ágnes Bukta played enthusiastically in the first round and scored a three-set (1-6, 6-4, 7-6) victory over Czech Sandra Zahlavova who is positioned 190(!) places higher in the world rankings, but then Halep stopped her, also.

The two other Hungarians in the singles main draw, Vanda Lukács and Réka-Luca Jani, also wild card holders, could not qualify for the second round. The former was beaten by Croatian Petra Martic (6-3, 6-0), while the latter lost to eighth-seeded Georgian Anna Tatishvili 6-3, 6-4.

The doubles competition

In this event, there was no doubt who the favorite is. The 2011 Roland Garros champion Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka were Olympic silver medalists in Wimbledon last year and they also won easily the Hungarian Grand Prix (final: 6-4, 6-1 against Russia’s Nina Bratchikova and Georgian Anna Tatishvili), collecting their tenth joint WTA doubles titles.

A total of five Hungarians (Lilla Barzó with Diana Gálfi, Ágnes Bukta with Réka-Luca Jani and Tímea Babos with Poland’s Alicja Rosolska) played in the doubles, but none of them survived the first round.

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2012  singles: Sara Errani   •  doubles: Magdalena Rybarikova/Janette Husarova
2011  singles: Roberta Vinci   •  doubles: Alicja Rosolska/Anabel Medina Garrigues
2010  singles: Agnes Szavay   •  doubles: Timea Bacsinszky/Tathiana Garbin
2009  singles: Agnes Szavay   •  doubles: Alisa Kleybanova/Monica Niculescu
2008  singles: Alize Cornet    •  doubles: Alize Cornet/Janette Husarova
2007  singles: Gisela Dulko   •  doubles: Agnes Szavay/Vladimira Uhlirova
2006  singles: Anna Smashnova   •  doubles: Michaella Krajicek/Janette Husarova
2005  singles: Anna Smashnova   •  doubles: Katarina Srebotnik/Emilie Loit
2004  singles: Jelena Jankovic   •  doubles: Barbara Schett/Petra Mandula
2003  singles: Magui Serna   •  doubles: Elena Tatarkova/Petra Mandula
2002  singles: Martina Muller   •  doubles: Emilie Loit/Catherine Barclay-Reitz
2001  singles: Magdalena Maleeva   •  doubles: Janette Husarova/Tathiana Garbin
2000  singles: Tathiana Garbin   •  doubles: Cristina Torrens Valero/Lubomira Bacheva
1999  singles: Sarah Pitkowski-Malcor   •  doubles: Sandra Nacuk/Evgenia Kulikovskaya
1998  singles: Virginia Ruano Pascual   •  doubles: Paola Suarez/Virginia Ruano Pascual
1997  singles: Amanda Coetzer   •  doubles: Alexandra Fusai/Amanda Coetzer
1996  singles: Ruxandra Dragomir   •  doubles: Debbie Graham/Ilie Katrina Adams

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