Barbora Krejcikova was thrilled with the performance she delivered versus home favorite Anett Kontaveit in the Tallinn final. Krejcikova, who was the seventh-seeded player in the Tallinn main draw, ousted first-seeded Estonian Kontaveit 6-2 6-3.
Krejcikova, who has had a challenging season and was forced to miss some time earlier this year, has now won her first title of the season. "Really proud how I was able to bring my best performance for the final," Krejcikova said after her triumph, per the WTA website.
"I was expecting that Anett is going to play fast and she would try to put me under pressure from the first point. So I was just trying to play my game, and just trying to eliminate that. I just really wanted to go out there and play my best tennis and just try to enjoy the final, because it took me a lot of fight and energy to get there."
Krejcikova ousted home favorite Kontaveit
No break points were seen in the first four games as Krejcikova and Kontaveit were tied to two games apiece at the start of the match. Then, Krejcikova claimed back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row to win the first set.
After easily losing the first set, Kontaveit broke Krejcikova in the first game of the second set. But Kontaveit's lead was short-lived as Krejcikova responded with back-to-back breaks to take a 3-1 lead in the second set.
Down by a set and a break, Kontaveit refused to quit and broke back Krejcikova in the fourth game of the second set. But Kontaveit continued to struggle on her serve as Krejcikova broke again in the eighth game before serving out for the match in the following game.
"Every trophy is special, especially in singles right now, where this year was really tough, so it means a lot," Krejcikova said. "It was a really amazing week, a special week." Krejcikova now plays in Ostrava, where she is set to meet Shelby Rogers in the first round.