A qualifier who had never won a main draw WTA match before has won the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Fes on Saturday.
Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens beat Spain’s Laura Pous-Tio 7-5, 6-0 in the final, winning the last eight games in a row.
Before this week Bertens had only played one WTA main draw, at her home event in ‘s-Hertogenbosch last year – she lost first round. “In the beginning I was very nervous and she started well, but after I won the first set all my nerves were gone,” Bertens commented after the match. “I love it here. I was here for one week because I played the qualies too, so I’m a little bit tired now, but I’m going to celebrate tonight and then go back home tomorrow.
“I’m excited. I’m going to play more tournaments now and try to win more.”
“It has only been a few months since I’ve been back and only my second tournament on clay, so I’m still happy with the result,” the 27-year-old losing finalist told the media. “In the final she started attacking more and everything started going faster – she played a very good match today.
Czech-Russian duo Petra Cetkovska and Alexandra Panova won the doubles title beating Irina-Camelia Begu and Alexandra Cadantu, 36 76(5) 119.