The two WTA events held in Istanbul and Bad Gastein respectively culminated with much fanfare as they had begun – and almost as unexpectedly. In the Turkish city, it was Lesia Tsurenko who prevailed over Urszula Radwanska 7-6, 6-1.
This was the Ukrainian’s first title and interestingly, it came about in her maiden WTA final. And despite the score-line stating a straight set win for Tsurenko, she had had to fight for victory, even staving off three set points on her serve, at 4-5 in the opening set.
But thereafter, she gained firm control of the proceedings. Seven consecutive games not only ensured the opening set lead for Tsurenko, but also enabled her to take a 4-0 lead in the second set. It was a lead that finally clinched the match for her, with Radwanska only managing to win a disappointingly solitary game in the second – and final – set.
Meanwhile in Bad Gastein, it was Samantha Stosur who went on to win her second title for this season, as she defeated Karin Knapp in the final in the Austrian township.
Knapp, the third seed, had to play two matches on the same day – after her semi-final against Sara Errani had to be postponed because of rain.
The Italian looked to be in control right throughout the final, even serving for the match in the second set in the 10th game, after having taken the first set 6-3. But it wasn’t meant to be as Stosur pushed back valiantly in the second set to enforce a tie-break which saw the match momentum veer away from Knapp.
The final set was thoroughly one-sided in the Australian’s favour as she routed Knapp, who seemed to be getting fatigued, 6-2 to claim the title after battling for almost two-and-a-half hours. Also Read Bernard Tomic Lifts Copa Claro