Kiki Bertens won two matches on Sunday to claim the Volvo Car Open title in Charleston, S.C., in the final rolling past Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-1.
“It’s just unbelievable. I think I cannot really realize it yet, but I’m just so happy and proud I think of myself,” said the No. 12 seed Bertens. “It’s a great start of the clay court season, and hopefully still more to come, but this one I have already and I’m really happy with that.”
Earlier on Sunday Bertens saved a match point in the semifinals to beat American Madison Keys in three sets, where Keys twice served for the match.
Bertens against Goerges had only nine unforced errors to 31 for the German.
“I know I can play good on clay, but it was just a great feeling,” Bertens said after the match. “I think in the final Julia didn’t play her best, but still, I was just trying to play aggressive where I could, just to hit some balls in the court when she was…making some errors. I think overall I did a really good job.”
Goerges was looking to add to her January Auckland title this year, but fell to 5-8 in career finals.
“I have to give credit to her because she played very solid. She didn’t give a lot of mistakes, so I really had to work for every point,” Goerges said. “I wasn’t really able to play every point as tough as I did in the semifinals.”
Bertens improved to 5-1 in career finals after her first title of the year, and will rise to just outside the Top 20 on the WTA rankings.
“I’m just going to try and do this again in the next event that I will play,” she said. “I’m just trying to play better match by match. I felt that this week in the beginning it was not great, but every match went a little bit better.”
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