Arn Follows Sharapova Upset, Topping Wickmayer for WTA Auckland Crown
Posted on January 8, 2011
Hungary's Greta Arn showed her upset over former No. 1 Maria Sharapova was no fluke, on Saturday ousting No. 2 seed Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-3 to win her second career title at 31 years old at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
The unseeded Arn, ranked No. 88 entering the event, saved five match points against Sofia Arvidsson in the second round, beat Sharapova in straight sets in the quarters, and No. 4 seed Julia "Gorgeous" Goerges in the semis.
"I feel unbelievable, I'm so happy -- I don't even know what to say," Arn said. "It's a dream come true. I just stayed focused, did my thing, played one ball after another...and didn't think about who she is or what ranking she is."
Arn improved to 2-0 in career finals, winning on clay at Estoril in 2007.
The 21-year-old Wickmayer, who was the defending champion, fell to 3-3 in career finals.
"I wasn't just disappointed at losing, also disappointed with my game today," Wickmayer said. "Everyone wants to win, but I also wanted to play a good match today and I didn't. She played well, she's an experienced player and she did what she had to do, so congratulations to her. I had one bad day, but four good ones this week."