After missing an extended period of time dealing with a bacterial infection at the end of 2015/start of 2016, Lucie Safarova is finally back to her winning ways. The 29-year-old won her first title in over a year beating Sam Stosur 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to claim her home Prague event.
“I had quite a few tough matches here so I feel pretty tired,” said Safarova who beat Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals. “But my health is holding up which is the best news for me after such a long time of struggling.
“Each match here I was playing better and better, and by semis and finals I felt like my old self.”
The victory was Safarova’s seventh of her career, first since claiming Dubai last year.
“I’m so happy because support during the week was amazing,” Safarova said. “To finally get some wins under my belt feels great. And a seventh title? Wow!”
Ranked No. 16, the left reached the French Open finals last year. But since returning from the illness in February, she had lost all five matches until this week.
Stosur, who had won her last three finals, was seeking her 9th career titles, first of 2016.
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