NEW

WTA Roundup | Muguruza toppled in Rabat, but no upsets in Strasbourg

WTA 250 - Grand Prix Sar La Princesse Meryem, Rabat, Morocco Top seed Garbiñe Muguruza let a firm grip go against Italy’s Martina Trevisan and the Spaniard paid the price of early loss at the Grand Prix Sar La Princesse Meryem in Rabat, Morocco, on Wednesday.

Lyon | Rune continues his roll

So far this season the ‘younger’ generation has been attracting the major attention which includes the 19-year-old Dane, Holger Rune who has romped into the quarter finals of the Lyons Open on Wednesday.

London | Murray and Alcaraz commit to Queen’s

Now that the ATP has lifted the threat of British events losing ranking points – with the exception of Wimbledon, at this moment – players are starting to reveal their intentions as to which tournaments they intend playing.

Geneva | Ruud breezes into last eight

Casper Ruud, the second seed becomes the title favourite for this year’s Geneva Open following the dismissals of both the top seeded Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday and the third seed, Denis Shapovalov, on Wednesday as he opens the defence of his title with a resounding...

WTA Roundup | Watson falls in Strasbourg, Liu and Sherif to meet in Rabat

Internationaux de Strasbourg, France British No 2 Heather Watson lost 6-1 6-1 to Poland's Magda Linette in the 2nd-round of the WTA 250 tournament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Paris | Pavlyuchenkova and Vondrousova pull out as Mauresmo outlines changes to press arrangements

Two high profile players have withdrawn from the women’s singles draw at the French Open, which starts on Sunday in Paris, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Czech Marketa Vondrousova, both former finalists at Roland Garros.

Paris | Swan beaten as Q1 is completed at Roland Garros

The first round of qualifying was completed at Roland Garros on Tuesday, whittling down the 128-strong draw to 64 as players vie for the 16 precious spots in the main draw of the French Open, which starts in Paris on Sunday. 

Geneva | Medvedev crashes out on return

World No.2 Daniil Medvedev, who has been pushing to replace Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings, suffered a blow to his chances of achieving that goal when he lost his opening match at the Gonet Geneva Open and basically ruled himself out of contention for...

Lyon | Norrie through to last eight

British number one Cameron Norrie, who picked up a foot injury in Rome last week, showed no signs of problems as he swept past Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo 6-4 6-4 to reach the quarter finals of the ‘Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon’ tournament on the banks of...

London | ATP relent on two events

The ATP, having threatened to withdraw ranking points from British events following the decision by the AELTC and LTA to ban Russian and Belarussian players from this year’s touraments, have announced this week that they would not be doing so with regard to Queen’s...
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Paolini claims maiden WTA title in Portoroz with Riske win

Italy’s Jasmine Paolini won the first WTA title of her career at the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz on Sunday, defeating Alison Riske, the 3rd seed from the USA, 7-6(4) 6-2, in the final.

I think I was, maybe, a little bit more relaxed. I understood more about the game, I tried to change the rhythm of the game with higher balls, and I think that was the key. Jasmine Paolini

The 25-year-old Italian, who is currently ranked 87 in the world, came back from a double-break down in the first set to claim her maiden title on the WTA Tour.

“I think it’s been an amazing week here in Portoroz,” Paolini said, after the match. “I feel just very happy, it’s a big achievement for me, to win my first title. On hard-courts, it’s special.”

Paolini gritted out the lengthy opening set before easing through the second to score her win over the World No 38 after an hour and 45 minutes of play.

“It wasn’t easy to go through to the final,” she said. “I’m proud of myself because I never gave up.

“I’m working really hard in the past couple of months. I understood more about my game, I think.

“I just want to keep this level for all the season that is almost finished, and to stay strong and keep this level.”

Paolini knocked out 4 seeded players here in Slovenia this week, including Dayana Yastremska, the No 6 seed from Ukraine in the opening round, Croatia’s Sorana Cirstea (4) in the quarter-finals, and Kazakstan’s Yulia Putintseva (2) in the semi-finals.

The final started 3 hours late due to rain and Riske, who is a former top 20 player and has won 2 WTA singles titles in her career, raced out of the gates to establish a 5-2 lead, helped along by some beautiful backhands at key moments.

The American, however, was unable to convert as she was broken to love while serving for the set, and she faltered again at 5-4 with the Italian extending the rallies until she could find superb winners of her own, pushing the set into a tiebreak.

Paolini saw her 5-2 lead narrowed down to 5-4 in the breaker, but a long miscue by Riske gave the Italian 2 set points at 6-4.

The ensuing epic rally saw Paolini chasing down all of Riske’s shots until the American finally struck an overhead long after over an hour of play.

“I think I was, maybe, a little bit more relaxed,” Paolini said about her first-set come-back. “I understood more about the game, I tried to change the rhythm of the game with higher balls, and I think that was the key.”

The second set proved more straightforward for Paolini, once she had broken for 3-2 with a divine forehand winner down the line, and she then reeled off the final 5 games to claim her first title, closing it out sublimely with an error-forcing forehand.

While Paolini struck only 2 more winners than Riske in the match, the major difference came in the unforced error count, with the American outpaced by 44 to her 33.

The unseeded Italian also won two-thirds of Riske’s second-service points, which helped her to convert 6 of her 10 break points in the match.


Portoroz doubles champions Tereza Mihalikova & Anna Kalinskaya

@WTAZavarovalnicaSavaPortoroz/Facebook

In the doubles final, Russia’s Tereza Mihalikova & Anna Kalinskaya from Slovakia upset No 2 seeds Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic & Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of Netherlands, 4-6 6-2 [12-10].

It all came down to a topsy-turvy match-tiebreak in which Kalinskaya & Mihalikova saw a 9-4 lead and 5 championship points slip away.

After winning 6 straight points, Krunic & Pattinama Kerkhove held a match point of their own at 10-9, before Kalinskaya & Mihalikova got back on track to pick up the last 3 points of the tilt.

The victory brings Mihalikova the first WTA title of her career, while Kalinskaya now has won 2 WTA doubles titles, with her first coming in Prague in 2019 alongside Viktoria Kuzmova.





Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.