20-year old Romana Tabak is the player featured for the month of November.
During this month the young Slovakian player won a hat-trick of clay court singles titles in Asuncion, Paraguay to finish the month with a new personal career high ranking of 309.
In her first tournament of the month she was seeded second in the singles event and, with Flavia Dechandt Araujo from Brazil, seeded third for the doubles event where together they reached the semifinal.
Her route to the singles title saw her in action in each round against players from the South American continent. She opened with a straight sets win but in the following two rounds found herself having to come from behind to secure victory.
These wins took her into a semifinal against Victoria Bosio who had come through the qualifying event. Tabak, after two tough matches, returned to straight sets winning ways, conceding only three games in a 60 63 triumph to make it into the final.
The final saw the events top two seeded players competing for the title in a tight encounter. Number one seed Maria Irigoyen took the opening set 75 before Tabak hit back to claim the title by taking the next two sets 76(7) and 75.
Following this tournament Tabak concentrated solely on the singles events for the next two tournaments.
As sixth seed, Tabak began her second tournament with a convincing display as she eliminated a Lucky Loser 60 61. Her second round opponent was Wild Card entrant Montserrat Gonzalez from Paraguay.
These two clashed in the previous week’s quarterfinal which saw Tabak come from a set down to win, something that she repeated after losing the first set in this latest encounter with her Paraguayan opponent.
A straight sets quarterfinal win followed before Tabak was stunned in the opening set of her semifinal, losing 60 to Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia. This proved only a minor setback as Tabak rolled off the next two sets, both by a 64 score line.
Into her second final in succession this month and here she faced the No. 2 seed from Austria Tina Schiechtl for the title.
The first set required a tiebreak to separate the two players; this went 7-2 in favour of the Austrian. Tabak though fought back and for the sixth time in ten sets of tennis came out the victor after going behind.
In her final appearance in Asuncion this month, she was named an unseeded player. When the draw was made it paired up Tabak and Schiechtl for a first round rematch of the previous week’s final. The match saw Tabak win 64 64, a score which mirrored that of the two sets she won in their last clash.
Further straight sets wins followed in the next three rounds as Tabak took her place in another final. This run of wins saw her eliminate both the number one and number six seeded players in the quarterfinal and semifinal respectively.
This third final appearance of the month saw her take on the second seeded Argentine Florencia Molinero and, much to the surprise of all, this proved one of her easiest wins of the month as she quickly raced through the match, winning 61 60 to complete her hat trick of titles.
A great month had by Tabak in winning these three clay court titles, not bad for someone who lists grass as her favoured court surface!
These singles titles took her 2011 title win count to four and she now has six titles from eight career singles finals on the ITF Pro Circuit. Finishing the month at a new career high of 309 she will surely break into the top 300 soon and could be a player to watch for in 2012.