No. 1 seed Anastasija Sevastova is moving into the Top 20 after wining her third career title on Sunday, beating No. 4 seed Petra Martic 7-6(4), 6-2 for the BRD Bucharest Open title.
“I feel very happy,” Sevastova said. “I need some time to enjoy it. It’s always like this. It comes pretty fast and you leave to the next tournament. But I am very happy and excited.”
In the 2016 final Sevastova lost to world No. 1 Simona Halep 6-0, 6-0.
Sevastova was +2 in winners to unforced errors while Martic was a better +5. But the Latvian punished Martics second serve throughout the match.
“I didn’t think, in the beginning of the week, that I’m going to win it, because I had a first tough match,” Sevastova said. “I was almost out of the tournament. But then I got better match to match, and in the final I played one of my best matches here.”
Martic was up a break three times in the first set but failed to close it out.
The 28-year-old Sevastova, who retired from the tour but came back two years later, improved to 1-1 in career finals.
The 27-year-old Martic is now 1-1.
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