Rybarikova Wins 1st Career Title on Grass at WTA Birmingham


Posted on June 14, 2009

Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova won her first career title on Sunday at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham, beating China's Li Na 6-0, 7-6(2).

"It's the best feeling in my career. It's unbelievable. It's like a dream," Rybarikova said. "I've always liked grass. I have a good serve, forehand and volley -- I think it's my best surface, for sure. I won the first set easily today but I knew the second set would be tougher. I was very nervous in the tiebreak."

Li had ousted former Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.

"I was missing a lot today. It was much different than my match yesterday," Li said. "Yesterday was such a big win for me. I was still thinking about that and not thinking enough about today. She played really well though."

Sharapova has now reached the semifinals or better in all six of her appearances in Birmingham, still struggling through a slow return from shoulder surgery.

Top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber won their fourth doubles title of the season in the final, beating No. 4 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the U.S. 6-1, 6-4.

Rankings
ATP - Aug 25 WTA - Aug 25
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Na Li
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Maria Sharapova
7 Tomas Berdych7 Angelique Kerber
8 Grigor Dimitrov8 Eugenie Bouchard
9 Andy Murray9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Jelena Jankovic
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