Magda Linette claimed her second WTA singles title at the Thailand Open in Hua Hin on Sunday. The Polish fifth seed defeated Leonie Kung of Switzerland, who qualified into the main draw in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in 76 minutes.
The match featured three service breaks – all three on Kung’s serve. While two service breaks came in the second set, one came about in the opening set helping Linette to put herself ahead in the match. When it came to the sole break point, she faced, Linette saved it without much ado.
The key strategy for Linette in the final was attacking Kung’s second serves. She would go on to win 17 of 23 points off Kung’s second service while winning 24 of 29 points and 13 of 22 points off her first and second service respectively.
In the on-court interview after her win, Linette shared, “It was so tough today, I had to keep it together to the very end. I knew I need to be the one leading the game. I knew I have to be really aggressive and I had that confidence from the matches before and I'm really glad that I managed to do what we planned with my coach”.
Despite her loss, Kung took the positives from the win and said, “I'm just trying to build up my ranking even more and play day by day and just have fun and enjoy on court”. In the doubles final, fourth seeds from Australia Arina Rodionova and Storm Sanders clinched the title with a win over the Austrian-Australian team of Barbara Haas and Ellen Perez. Rodionova and Sanders won 6-3, 6-3 in 58 minutes. Photo Credit: Thailand Open Twitter