Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova lifts her maiden WTA title in Biel at the age of 17

Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova lifts her maiden WTA title in Biel at the age of 17

Czech qualifier and world number 233 Marketa Vondrousova won the first WTA title of her career at the age of 17 after beating Estonian world number 99 Anett Kontaveit in straight sets by 6-4 7-6 (8-6) after 1 hour and 45 minutes at the Ladies Open in Biel. Vondrousova started from the qualifying round and won eight consecutive matches en route to her maiden WTA title. After this final Vondrusova will move up over 100 positions climbing to world number 117.

Vondrousova saved all nine break points she faced in the opening set and four of five in the second set, where she had to come back from a break down to force to a tie-break.

Vondrousova had to fend off five break points in the second game but she managed to hold her serve. The Czech teenager got her only break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. In the 8th game Kontaveit earned three break points at 5-4 0-40. Vondrousova saved them and earned her first set point but had to face another break point. The Czech teenager fought it off before converting her second set point to close out the first set by 6-4.

Kontaveit went up a break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Vondrousova broke straight back in the third game. Both players went on serve in the next games en route to the tie-break. Kontaveit earned two set points at 6-4 in the tie-break. Vondrousova saved them before winning the tie-break on her first match point. She hit 28 winners to 20 unforced errors.

In her young career Vondrousova played in four ITF finals and won two titles at this level at the start of this season. At junior level she won two Grand Slam doubles titles. After winning two qualifying matches in three sets in Biel, she beat Annika Beck and Krystina Pliskova before clinching her first win over a top 20 player against Barbora Strykova. In all her main draw matches she did not drop a set all week. Voundrosova is coached by Jiri Hrebec and Zdenek Kubik.

“It’s the biggest win of my career, because I had mostly played smaller tournaments, 25ks and 60ks. This was one of my first big tournaments, and I was injured in my left elbow for most of last year. I had to do a lot of fitness, which helped me become a better mover. Now I am playing great. At first, I asked for a qualifying wildcard because I wasn’t sure if I could get in without one. Once I go tinto qualies, I almost lost my first match, but I got better and better from there. I played so great in the last few matches, so I am really happy. I was down 4-6 in the tie-break. I got a bit lucky when she hit the net then, buti t helped remind me to play my game and it worked from there”, said Vondrousova.

Su-Wei Hsieh and Monica Niculescu rallied from one set down to beat Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis 5-7 6-3 10-7.

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