WTA LINZ - Strycova beats Rybarikova to end five finals losing streak



by LUIGI GATTO

WTA LINZ - Strycova beats Rybarikova to end five finals losing streak

Barbora Strycova ended a five-finals losing streak on Sunday since 2012 winning her second WTA Career-title after 2011 Quebec. The Czech player beat Magdalena Rybarikova, who dealt with a leg injury, by 6-4 6-1. Both of them were playing their seventh career final, and Rybarikova was looking for her fifth title, the first one since 2013 Washington.

Strycova was very solid on serve in the first set, as she won 21 first serve points out of 24, and broke her opponent in the opening game. As time went on, Rybarikova was influenced more and more by physical problems and could not play at her best.

During the trophy ceremony, the 31-year-old praised the defending Wimbledon semifinalist: 'I would like to congratulate Magdalena for the great week and also the great year that you have had. After coming back from the injuries, it’s a great effort from you.' Strycova earns three places to rise to No.

23 spot in the rankings, and becomes the third Czech to win Linz title after Petra Kvitova (2011) and Karolina Pliskova (2014) to win Linz title since the event was changed to an international tournament in 2009.

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