Barbora Krejcikova defeats Sorana Cirstea to win her first career championship at the Strasbourg International

Barbora Krejcikova won her first WTA Tour championship on Saturday, defeating Sorana Cirstea in the final of the Strasbourg International. In 1 hour and 39 minutes, the fifth-seeded Czech triumphed in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Despite the fact that the two sets had the same score margin, the proceedings were completely different. Krejcikova stormed to a 5-2 lead in the first set and even had two set opportunities to finish out the match in the eighth game.

Cirstea, on the other hand, held her back by preserving the set points and then gaining her own break in the same game. However, Krejcikova brushed off the small slip of focus and clinched the set as Cirstea attempted to consolidate the break back.

In the second set, neither of women were able to keep their serve in the early games. But, once again, Krejcikova tightened the screws and stopped the bleeding. Later, in the ninth game of the set, she broke Cirstea again to serve for the victory. There would be no comebacks this time as the world number 38 converted the first of three match points.

Krejcikova stated in her post-match press conference, “There have been a lot of emotions on the court. I’m thinking about a lot of things right now which are quite difficult to put it into sentences.” Krejcikova became the third Czech Republican player to win the championship in Paris, following Jana Novotna and Nicole Vaidisova.

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