St. Petersburg: Kiki Bertens sees off Alexandrova for triumphant title defence


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St. Petersburg: Kiki Bertens sees off Alexandrova for triumphant title defence

The Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens won the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy beating Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in the final on Sunday. With her 6-1, 6-3 win over the 20-year-old in one hour and 14 minutes, Bertens also became the first player in the tournament’s history to successfully defend her title.

This is Bertens’ 10th WTA career title. The second seed saved all five break points she faced while making good on four of the eight break points she had on Rybakina’s serve. She put over 64 per cent of her first serves in and won 79 per cent points off her first service.

Of the 108 points played in the match, Bertens won 63 (around 58 per cent). Sharing her happiness, after the win, Bertens said, “I feel incredibly happy. It was a tough week. I didn’t know how I managed to win. But I’m so happy.

The secret is to keep in fighting. Thanks for the support, guys. Thanks for my team. This victory is for you. Of course, you will see me here next year”. It has been quite a week for Bertens, who was drawn to play Kim Clijsters – who is making another comeback to competitive tennis – at the Dubai Duty-Free that will be played this following week.

However, Bertens later announced her withdrawal from the tournament. Following her pulling out of the event, Clijsters will take on Garbine Muguruza who was slotted into Bertens’ place in the draw. Japan’s top-seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara won the doubles title in St.

Petersburg against the third-seeded American-Puerto Rican team of Kaitlyn Christian and Alexa Guarachi. Aoyama and Shibahara won 4-6, 6-0, 10-3 in one hour and eight minutes. Photo Credit: St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy Website