Internationaux de Strasbourg Final: Barbora Krejcikova defeats Sorana Cirstea to become champion – Barbora Krejcikova on Saturday defeated Sorana Cirstea in straight sets to be crowned champion of the WTA event. With French Open 2021 just around the corner, Barbora Krejicova gets the much-needed boost ahead of the mega event. She will face Kristyna Pliskova in the opening round at Roland Garros 2021 while Cirstea takes on British 19th seed Johanna Konta.
“I feel very emotional, really happy. It was an amazing week for me,” Krejcikova, who fought back from a set down twice in the tournament to win her matches, said at the trophy presentation ceremony.
“I don’t have many words, I’m shaking, super excited to win my first WTA title,” she added.
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Krejcikova did not have the perfect match, with 10 double faults, as windy conditions in the open-air arena made serving difficult, but the Czech fifth seed converted six of 13 breakpoints to deny her Romanian opponent a third singles title.
Krejcikova, 25, used her deep groundstrokes well to force Cirstea to scramble for returns and combined that strategy with finesse at the net.
The last time when these two played on clay court Krejcikova had the better of Cirstea, while Cirstea got a walkover in the quarterfinals.
Cirstea never got a grip on the match with her unforced error count rising with every game as she finished with 44 in all.
Krejcikova fired 22 winners, including one on match point as she screamed in delight in front of a handful of fans in attendance.
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(with Reuters inputs)