Pironkova has ended one of the best weeks of her life by winning
her first ever title at the Apia International in Sydney.
Becoming the first qualifier since Eastbourne in 2010 to win a title,
she produced a remarkable 64 64 win over Angelique Kerber.
During the first set there was 4 break of servers in the first 7
games. In the second set the Bulgarian was trailing 3-4 due to a
series of errors however she managed to turn things around breaking
back and then going on to take the set and match. After the match
quoting wtatennis.com she said:-
“I didn't really do anything
that special tonight compared to the previous matches - I just kept
the same level," Pironkova said afterwards. "I was just
trying to keep the ball in the court as much as possible and as
strong as possible, and when I got my chances I was trying to make
winners. That's it, really.
"I was nervous but tried my hardest not to show it. I was trying to concentrate so hard that I only saw the ball - I was only watching the ball. I was like, 'Okay, just watch the ball and follow every point.'"
Highlights are below:-
Meanwhile at the Hobart International, Sam Stosur's quest for her first title on home soil was ended as she lost an error stricken match to Klara Zakopalova. Stosur should of expected that today wasn't going to be her lucky day after she suffered a nose bleed during warm up, requiring a medical time out. She slummed to a 63 62 defeat. Stosur will be looking to seek revenge next week as she has been coincidentally drawn against Zakopalova in round 1. Meanwhile waiting for Zakopalova in the final is Garbine Muguruza after her easy 60 61 win over compatriot Estrella Cabeza Candela. Muguruza dropped only six points over her six service games and won 70% of Candela's service points.
In Sydney the final as followed suit to what most people was hoping for – Juan Martin Del Potro against defending champion Bernard Tomic. Starting with Tomic, the Australian was push hard in the semis by surprised package Sergiy Stakhovsky. The match lasting 2 hours and 13 minuets required Tomic to come back from a set down after losing a close tie break before taking it 67 75 63. Meanwhile Del Potro had a more easier time with a 64 62 win over Dmitry Tursunov. During the match Del Potro produced 9 aces, 0 double faults and only lost six points in 9 games serving. Highlights of both matches are below:-
At the Heineken Open in New Zealand world 62 Lu Yen-Hsun produced a shock win against world number 3 David Ferrer by beating him 64 75. Yen-Hsun earned 11 break points of Ferrer's serve, converting three of them. Awaiting him is John Isner after the American battled in his third successive three sets match. Against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut Isner won 70% of points on his serve during the process of another epic 36 76 64 win.