In the shadow of the second-week action at Roland Garros, a beautiful Croatian island of Brac has hosted a 125K event and it was a nice chance for the lower-ranked players to make a good result and earn a nice amount of points.
In the title match, the 20-year-old Slovenian Tamara Zidansek took down the second seed Magda Linette 6-1 6-3 in an hour and 31 minutes for her biggest title and the first above the ITF level. Tamara is a former Top 20 junior and she had made a perfect professional debut four years ago at home in Velenje, passing three qualifying rounds to go all the way in the main draw and claim the first title on the pro level still at the age of 16.
In the next two years, Zidansek won 10 titles on the ITF level, in the $10,000 and $25,000 categories before claiming the crown in Bendigo last year, her most valuable prior to this week. With points from Bol, Tamara will crack the Top 100 for the first time and she earned the triumph with a solid performance on both the serve and return, getting broken twice and stealing 55% of the points in Linette's games to break her six times from 15 opportunities.
Linette couldn't find the range on her serve and she managed to hold only twice, playing under the constant pressure from the other side of the net. Tamara had to dig deep in the opening game, saving three break points to avoid an early setback, and we saw two more deuces in game three before she scored a break a few minutes later to move 3-1 ahead.
The Slovenian lost just two points in the last two service games and Linette failed to follow that pace, dropping serve again in game six before Tamara closed the set with a hold at 15 for a 6-1. The second set brought 15 break points and it was Magda who had to play against 12, losing ground in her games completely to suffer four breaks, too many to have a chance to stay in the set for longer than those 50 minutes.
The set kicked off with three breaks of serve and Tamara scored two, serving well in games four and six for a 4-2 lead. The set finished in the way it began, with three straight breaks, and the Slovenian grabbed two to cross the finish line first thanks to her sixth break of serve in the ninth game. Final result: