Ka­te­rina con­demns Caro­line to fifth fi­nal de­feat of year

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BAS­TAD: Ka­te­rina Sini­akova of the Czech Repub­lic clinched the Bas­tad clay court ti­tle on Sun­day with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Caro­line Woz­ni­acki who has now lost five fi­nals in 2017.

For 21-year-old Ka­te­rina, the World No 56, it was a sec­ond ca­reer ti­tle af­ter her maiden tri­umph in Shen­zhen last year.

“It’s re­ally amaz­ing for me,” said Ka­te­rina, who was run­ner-up at the Swedish venue in 2016.

“Last year was re­ally good, and so I’m so happy that I came back be­cause I couldn’t imag­ine a bet­ter week.”

Heavy rain de­layed the fi­nal by more than two hours be­fore the ac­tion was fur­ther dis­rupted by med­i­cal time-outs for both play­ers.

Caro­line, who has a sea­son-lead­ing 42 wins un­der her belt, was aim­ing to take home her first ti­tle af­ter fin­ish­ing run­nerup in Doha, Dubai, Mi­ami, and East­bourne.

How­ever, her ef­forts were not helped by a right el­bow in­jury which contributed to 39 un­forced er­rors to just 19 win­ners.

“It was a tough match. Ka­te­rina played very well, so con­grat­u­la­tions on win­ning the ti­tle,” the for­mer World No 1 told wta­tour.com. “I’m look­ing for­ward to the US Open Se­ries and the US Open. It’s one of the tour­na­ments where I’ve done my best, and it’s one of my favourite tour­na­ments of the year. I’m ex­cited to go back, see how I can do on the hard­courts and hope­fully fin­ish the year strongly.”

Mean­while, John Is­ner claimed his fourth ATP At­lanta ti­tle on Sun­day, sav­ing a set-point in both sets en route to a 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7) win over Ryan Har­ri­son.

Sec­ond-seeded Amer­i­can Is­ner notched his sec­ond ATP ti­tle in as many weeks af­ter lift­ing the tro­phy in New­port last week.

At­lanta was the per­fect place for him to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing. Is­ner, who has reached the fi­nal in seven of eight edi­tions of the tour­na­ment, added a fourth ti­tle to those he won in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Har­ri­son, seeded fourth, was de­nied a sec­ond ca­reer ATP ti­tle, to go with his vic­tory in Mem­phis in Fe­bru­ary.

“There wasn’t much that sep­a­rated us at all,” Is­ner said. “So I’m happy to win that match in straight sets ... very happy to win to­day.”

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