Unseeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit won her first career title on Sunday, defeating fellow un-seed Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2, 6-3 to win the Ricoh Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
The 21 year old improved to 1-1 in career finals, finishing runner-up at the Ladies’ Open Biel Bienne earlier this year.
“I had really tough matches and I’m so happy to be through them — to win the final,” she said. “It’s amazing.”
The Estonian won three three-setters en route to the final, including upsets over No. 8 seed Kristyna Pliskova and No. 7 seed Lesia Tsurenko. The 20-year-old 6-foot-1 Russian Vikhlyantseva was appearing in her first career final.
“I want to congratulate Anett, she played really good,” Vikhlyantseva said. “I followed her results and…I remember when I played my first [ITF Circuit] $25,000 [tournament], I lost first round qualies and she won her first $25K, so maybe I have some potential — and right now, I’m at this level.”
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