WTA Lausanne: Fiona Ferro tops Alize Cornet to clinch first WTA title


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WTA Lausanne: Fiona Ferro tops Alize Cornet to clinch first WTA title

The 22-year-old Fiona Ferro has won the first WTA title in Lausanne, beating the 3rd seed and compatriot Alize Cornet 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in an hour and 40 minutes. World no. 98 loves to play in Switzerland, reaching the first WTA semi-final in Lugano earlier this season and claiming the first title there on Sunday, performing better on the second serve to make all the difference.

Fiona was the more aggressive competitor on the court, imposing her shots and showing all the improvements in her game in recent months to go all the way and lift the first trophy in a career. Ferro has become the ninth first-time champion in 2019 and she achieved that with a rock-solid performance on the return, stealing 55% of the points in Cornet's games and breaking her seven times.

Alize grabbed four breaks and that was enough only for a set, outplayed by the pace of her rival in the bigger part of the encounter to lose the title won a year ago in Geneva. It was a clinical performance from Fiona in the first set, firing from all cylinders and having the upper hand on both serve and return for a 6-1 in under 30 minutes.

Cornet suffered a break already in game two after mind-blowing returns from Ferro who grabbed a break with four forehand winners in that game alone. Unable to find the rhythm or move the rival away from the comfort zone, Cornet got broken in the third game of the second set as well to find herself further behind and with no room for errors in the rest of the set.

It served as a wake-up call for the more experienced player who rattled off 20 of the last 26 points, claiming five games in a row and breaking Ferro thrice in succession for a 6-2 and the momentum ahead of the decider. Fiona had to bring back her best shots as soon as possible and she did that in style, breaking Cornet in all four games for a commanding 6-1 and the first WTA trophy in hands, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the season.