Former No. 1 Justine Henin won the first title since her comeback from retirement, on Sunday outlasting the hot-handed Sam Stosur 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 for the WTA Stuttgart title.
The unseeded Henin defeated No. 8 seed Yanina Wickmayer and No. 4 Jelena Jankovic en route to the final.
“Justine was just too good today,” Stosur said. “In the third set she just got really aggressive, made some really good returns and put me under a lot of pressure. I think that was the key to the match. She broke me three times in a row. It was nice to come back here after a few years of not playing here.”
Iveta Benesova won the WTA Fes title at the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, defeating qualifier Simona Halep 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.
The No. 7-seeded Benesova had her toughest match in the semifinals during a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win over Alize Cornet when Cornet served for the match.
“This morning I woke up pretty tired because of the long match yesterday, but I still felt good,” Benesova said. “Simona came back from 5-2 to 5-4 in the first set and we had a really tight game there, and I was nervous, but I made it. In the second set I played very well. I played her in Marbella and knew what to expect, and wanted a little revenge. I just tried to play my game, be aggressive and make her move, because she had a lot of matches this week too.”
Benesova improved to 2-6 lifetime in finals, while Halep was appearing in only her third WTA main draw.
You Might Like:
Henin Again Announces Retirement from Tennis After 2011 Australian Open Loss
Serena v Henin: 2010 Australian Open Final Preview
Broken-Fingered Henin Seeks First WTA Title in Two Years at Stuttgart
The Week That Was
Justine Henin Planning a Return to Tennis?