Gabriela Ruse, the fresh Hamburg champion, received a wild card at WTA’s newest and only Romanian tournament in the circuit, Winners Open, after the 23 years old prodigy got the upper hand against Andrea Petkovic on the German clay.
Ruse, the current world number 133, impressed on Sunday when she defeated Andrea Petkovic in straight sets after a rollercoaster second set. The match ended 7-6 (6), 6-4 for the Romanian promising talent, who scored the first title of her career.
“I felt really good today on the court,” Ruse said after her Hamburg victory. “I would like to thank my coach very much. I’m such a crazy player, it’s not easy to work with me”. Ruse also wrapped up her successful journey in Hamburg on Instagram.
"End of a tough, hard and wonderful week. With lots of tears of pain and tears of joy. But definitely my best week until now. Ended with my first WTA title and a beautiful trophy. So grateful for all the support got here and so lucky to have a great team."
As reported by Associated Press, Ruse is “the lowest-ranked WTA winner at No. 198 since No. 299 Margarita Gasparyan won in Tashkent in 2018”.
Ruse may confront Petkovic again at Winners Open
Coincidence or not, both of the Hamburg finalists are scheduled to play at Winners Open, so there’s a high chance the two will meet again.
But this time, Ruse will play with the crowd on her side and not the other way around. Winners Open is set to take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, between 1-8 August 2021. “Cluj-Napoca will host over 60 players from the WTA circuit in August.
The competition will have singles and doubles events, prizes of 235,000 USD, and 250 points in the WTA ranking. The tournament will have global broadcasting and visibility in over 150 countries,” the organizers of Winners Open announced in a press release earlier this year.
At the moment, Romania's novel Winners Open is the only European tournament scheduled to begin in August 2021, so it should be of high interest, particularly for players looking to postpone the American swing or simply play more on clay.