Andrea Hlaváčková lifts Singapore doubles title with Babos – and promptly splits from Hungarian; Plíšková slips to fourth after exiting WTA Finals in semis; Sparta overcome Ostrava but latter’s Baroš insists his team could have done better against “average” side; and Plzeň make it 12 league wins in a row for maximum points so far this season.
Hlaváčková lifts Singapore title in last doubles match alongside Babos
Hlaváčková, who is 31, had this to say after ending her season on a high note.
“The energy between us wasn’t good in the first set, and I wasn’t sure how to turn things around. I have to give credit to our opponents, who served really well and wouldn’t let me play my usual game. But luckily in the second set we got a grip on the match and decided we weren’t going to give up – and in the end it worked out.”
The trophy won by Hlaváčková and Babos is named after Martina Navrátilová and was presented to the duo by the all-time tennis legend in person in Singapore.
However, it was the last time the pairing celebrated together. They have announced a parting of the ways, citing personal differences.
Hlaváčková is now ranked fifth in the doubles. Her compatriot Karolína Plíšková, who reached the singles semi-finals in Singapore, has fallen to fourth in the singles rankings.
Ostrava’s Baroš dubs Sparta average despite being on losing side
The home side’s winner came after the visitors had been reduced to 10 men with half an hour to go and Baroš said Ostrava ought to have done better in Sunday’s encounter.
“We should have taken a point against this Sparta side, because at the moment they’re an average team. With a few exceptions, they have good individual players. But they don’t play like a team and we knew that and we wanted to capitalise on it. I think we were doing well until the sending-off, and if we’d had 11 players we’d have taken one point at least. But that’s a ‘what if’ and they don’t count.”