"That's one of the best tournaments I've ever played," the WTA 11th rank player had said on social media when she won her 4th career title. It might have taken her three sets to defeat Katarzyna Kawa of Poland, but she did it her way and on her home turf.
Kawa had at least experienced her first WTA main draw tournament. She won her three qualifying rounds but couldn't close out the decider set. Anastasija Sevastova feels ever so happy and excited to win the Baltic Open and it includes the struggles and difficult rounds made to get to the final.
This 2109 season has been a series of too many second round losses and a few chances missed at the quarter and semi final level. The Australian and French Opens she lost in the fourth round and interprets at press time about her thriller of the Australian Open in playing Naomi Osaka.
"It's tough against her...you have to hang in there and get your chances. The rallies were my chances. She was better..." says the Latvian. But Anastasija Sevastova has felt she made up for much of the defeats by winning the Baltic Open in her hometown of Latvia.
She wanted to do well and did. The Latvian held her composure and focus in defeating Varvara Flink of Russia in straight sets. She had a bit more struggle in her second round as Dalia Jakupovic of Slovenia came on dictating shots and winning the opening set with a tiebreak.
Sevastova came back correcting errors she made in the first set and won the second and decider. She'd sweat it out but felt encouraged as she went on in her trek to make it to the final. Sevastova had won over Russia's Anastasia Potapova, a player with many skills who she would defeat in the semifinal round of the Baltic, moving into the final.
But it wasn't easy and Kawa, her final opponent broke Sevastova in the opener set to go on and win the tiebreak. The Latvian started on her defensive play, volleying straight at Kawa at net. As she would win the second set, the crowd grew louder giving her the verbal support she needed to carry on into the decider.
The performance was brilliant on defeating Kawa and winning her first title of the year 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Sevastova was totally satisfied, feeling accomplished and relieved to win at the Baltic Open, the first tournament there at Jurmala, Latvia.
She saved face after losing the first set, a tiebreak but to go on and win the match. Kawa had pride too as she was playing her first WTA main draw event and at least had gotten a set over Sevastova. The Latvian and title holder was happy to come back from the one set deficit to win two straight sets.
She showed her invincibility and focus coming up with big shots to capture the title. Everything ended on a wonderful note for Anastasija Sevastova as she packs up and travels onward to the next tournament, feeling happy to accomplish what she set out to do - play a well performing new event and capture the hearts of her townspeople in the area of Latvia.