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Kirsten Flipkens loses dubbelfinale in Hobart, Kenin defeats Schmiedlova in enkelfinale and picks up first WTA title

Kirsten Flipkens has a Saturday final in the doubles lost at the WTA-tournament in the Australian Hobart (hard/ $ 250,000). In the final, she lost, on the side of the Swedish Johanna Larsson, after a supertiebreak (6-3, 3-6 and 10/6) of the Taiwanese sisters Hao-Ching and Latisha Chan, is the first seed. The party lasted one hour and 18 minutes. Flipkens and Larsson were the fourth seed.

The 33-year-old Flipkens had a chance at a fifth title in the double, a third with Larsson (after Seoul 2016 and Linz 2018). Last week ended the duo in the semi-finals in Auckland. It is already the fourth time that Flipkens and Larsson in the final (after Nuremberg 2017 and 2018, Budapest, 2018) the thumbs had to travel.

In the enkeltoernooi was Flipkens, number 49, of the world, in the quarter-finals was turned off by the American, Sofia Kenin (WTA 56).

Kenin defeats Schmiedlova and wins first title

The American Sofia Kenin (WTA 56) has a Saturday final victory at the WTA tournament in Hobart (hard/ $ 250,000) on the bag. The twenty-year-old Kenin counted in the final in two sets (6-3 and 6-0) with the 24-year-old Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WTA 77). The party lasted one hour and thirteen minutes.

It was Kenin her first WTA final, and thus immediately also first title. For Schmiedlova, it was her fifth final battle. She is stuck on three titles (Katowice and Bucharest in 2015 and Bogota in 2018).

Kenin is in Hobart the successor of Elise Mertens. They won the tournament in 2017 and 2018, but this year the preference to the heavier occupied) tournament of Sydney.

Losing finalist Schmiedlova, Tuesday in the first round of the Australian Open is the first opponent of Elise Mertens (WTA 12).

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