Teen qualifier Marketa Vondrousova, playing in just her second career WTA-level tournament, won the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne on Sunday, in the final defeating Anett Kontaveit, 6-4, 7-6(6) in Switzerland.
Vondrousova was 2-2 in ITF-level finals this year entering the event.
“It’s the biggest win of my career, because I’d mostly played smaller tournaments, 25Ks and 60Ks,” she said after the match. “This was one of my first big tournaments, and I was injured in my left elbow for a lot of last year.”
The Czech 17 year old entered the event at No. 233 on the WTA rankings.
“I almost lost my first match [in the qualifying], but I got better and better from there,” she said. “I played so great the last few matches.”
In the final against the No. 99-ranked Estonian Kontaveit she hit 28 winners to 26 unforced errors, coming back from 4-6 down in the tiebreak.
Vondrousova is projected to rise into striking distance of the Top 100.
It was also the career-first WTA final for the 21-year-old Kontaveit, who has represented the Estonian Fed Cup team since 2011.
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