Babos maintains forward momentum

04 February 2018 07:37:11 EST

Timea Babos continues to enjoy a flying start to the 2018 season, having defeated Kateryna Kozlova in the final of the Taiwan Open.

The 24-year-old Hungarian secured a first Grand Slam crown by partnering Kristina Mladenovic to the women's doubles title at the Australian Open, while she also finished as runner-up in the mixed doubles alongside Rohan Bopanna.

Babos also enjoyed a win over CoCo Vandeweghe in the single in Melbourne and she continued her fine form in Taiwan, culminating in a 7-5 6-1 victory over Kozlova.

She told the official WTA Tour website: "It's been five-and-a-half weeks, amazing five-and-a-half weeks.

"Starting with a quarter-final (at the Shenzhen Open), winning my first Slam in doubles, beating a top-10 player in singles and here winning another title in singles, it's been amazing.

"So far this season, in all my matches I've played, I've played good. I fought hard and this is what happened all week here.

"I had some difficult moments, every single match brought some difficult moments, but I was able to stay there and to manage them - this was the key for this week."

Babos is priced at 1/1 to win the French Open later this year, with Simona Halep available at 11/2 and Elina Svitolina 13/2.

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