Alexandra Krunic completed her perfect week with her maiden WTA title. The Serbian came back from a set and a break down twice in the second set to defeat Kirsten Flipens 6-7(0) 7-5 6-1. Following her triumph at the Libéma Open she will climb into the top 40 for the first time in her career.
Krunic, who celebrated her 285th overall win and her 24th on grass, broke the Belgian as she served for the match at 7-6(0), 5-4 in the second set, and won nine of the last 10 games of the encounter overall to become the first Serbian to win a WTA singles title in three years - since Jelena Jankovic won two in 2015.
An exchange of breaks marked the beginning of the match. Krunic looked tenser in the first games but gradually she started to play more freely. In a very entertaining match, power tennis, hit and run gave space to angled shots and deft volleys.
Krunic showed massive reflexes in return, quick feet and delicate hands to move a break ahead at 4-3. In their second career meeting, Krunic won in straight sets in a Fed Cup rubber in 2016, the Serbian committed six forehand unforced errors in the opening eight games but she was able to dictate the game more and more confidently.
Flipkens, who had to retire from this year's doubles final partnering Kiki Bertens at 3-3 in the first set against Elise Mertens and Demi Schuurs, easily held to 5-4 coming more frequently to the net to put pressure on her opponent.
Tightness resurfaced in Krunic's game, however, as the Serbian needed a backhand on the line to save a first break point but Flipkens converted the second delivering a perfect down-the-line backhand pass on a short approach shot from the Krunic who failed to collect a single point in the following tiebreak.
Flipkens, who extended her tiebreak record this year to 9-4, completed the set with 11 winners to 10 and, more importantly, 9 unforced errors to Krunic's 19. The Serbian hit 31 winners to 36 unforced errors to complete the fifth comeback win of the season and seal the sixth win in seven third-setters in 2018.
Despite serving for the match, the Belgian was runner-up again at 's-Hertogenbosch after her loss in 2013 to Simona Halep.