Alize Cornet returned to the winner’s circle Sunday at the WTA event in Gstaad, beating first-time finalist Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-4, 7-6(6) for her sixth career singles title.
“It was a very close match, I had a feeling it could go either way,” Cornet said. “I think I was maybe a bit more solid in the crucial moments, and I really wanted this trophy. I gave everything I had.”
Cornet did not drop a set all week, claiming her first title in approximately 2-1/2 years.
“I’ve been through tough moments in these last two-and-a-half years, especially this last season was tough on me, so it means the world to me to have this title, to win here in Gstaad,” she said. “I had an amazing week, it’s like everything was meant to be. Everything was perfect this week and I was feeling great on the court, everything was going well. I was seed No. 1 and I did the job, so it’s great satisfaction.
“It was very intense physically, I’m surprised how strong [Minella] is after giving birth to her little girl. She’s coming back unbelievable, she’s ready. She was sometimes better than me in the rallies, and this is one of my strengths, so, very glad to be through in two sets.”
The 32-year-old Minella in the second-set tiebreak had two set points, but Cornet seized control via a combination of strong returns of serve and savvy net approaches.
Cornet improved to 6-6 in career finals, while Minella is 0-1.
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