WTA Nurnberg: Johanna Larsson edges Alison Riske for second WTA crown



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WTA Nurnberg: Johanna Larsson edges Alison Riske for second WTA crown

World number 97 Johanna Larsson came to Nurnberg after playing ITF event in Trnava and she managed to go all the way, beating Alison Riske 7-6 6-4 in an hour and 46 minutes for her second WTA title (Bastad 2015). This was their third meeting, the first since Guangzhou in 2014 and the first triumph for the Swede who saved two out of five break points and grabbed four breaks of serve from eight opportunities on the other hand.

Larsson defended her second serve in a more efficient way and she played better in the crucial moments to secure the win in straight sets. They traded breaks in games three and four and Riske saved another pair of break points in game eight to set up a tie break.

The American was 3-1 and 4-3 up but that wasn't enough to bring the set home, dropping the last four points to hand the set to the Swede. The second set kicked off with three breaks in the opening four games and Alison scored two for a 4-1 advantage, looking good to send the match into a decider if she could maintain that level.

Instead of that, Larsson bounced back to earn breaks in games seven and nine, overcoming her deficit and serving for the match at 5-4. She saved two break points to avoid more drama and converted the first match point to celebrate her biggest success on the Tour in almost three years. Final result:

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