Nature Valley Open in Nottingham has been one of the most challenging titles to win in 2019 so far, not because of the tough draw but the weather that caused various troubles to both organizers and players. After many changes between indoor court and grass, Caroline Garcia stands as a deserved champion following a hard-fought 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory over the 2017 winner Donna Vekic in two hours and 36 minutes.
Like this wasn't enough, Garcia had to finish her semi-final encounter against Jennifer Brady first and she managed to complete a tough day at the office to lift the seventh WTA title, the second on grass after Mallorca 2016.
Vekic won nine points more overall thanks to a rock-solid opening set but it wasn't enough to cross the finish line first, standing three points away from triumph in set number two and two in set number three on three occasions, losing the ground in the tie break to push Garcia over the top.
The Croat faced only two break points in the entire match, allowing Caroline to break her both times and seizing all four chances on the return which wasn't enough to carry her towards the positive result. Settling into a fine rhythm right from the start, Donna claimed the opener 6-2 in less than 30 minutes, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the encounter.
Garcia bounced back in set number two with a double break that Vekic erased, standing locked up at 4-4 in the tie break before Caroline grabbed the last three points to level the overall score and stay in contention for the title.
They saved the best for last, with 12 comfortable holds in the third set before the decisive tie break that Garcia clinched 7-4 to seal the deal and celebrate the seventh WTA crown.