Down a set and a break to little-known Polish qualifier Katarzyna Kawa, former US Open semifinalist home favorite Anastasija Sevastova mounted her comeback and eventually prevailed 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to win the title in Jurmala, Latvia.
Kawa, who was appearing in her first WTA main draw, led by a break in the second and was three points from winning with Sevastova serving 4-5, 0-15.
“I think it was a pretty close match and anyone could win it. Anastasija won today, but I hope I will get better and better from such matches and will experience them again soon,” Kawa said.
“I had a 5-4 lead in the second set, which was a kind of chance for me, but in this game she played really great shots and I didn’t have any chances actually. Everything was super close – it was a little bit of luck and a few lines that decided who was winning.
“I was kind of forced to play lots of drop shots and touch. It’s not my game, but I know that I can use it whenever it’s needed. It became a really nice match because of that and I’m happy I could be part of that.”
Sevastova broke Kawa for a final time to lead 3-2 in the third. And that was it. She wins her fourth career WTA title, her first since Bucharest last summer.
“Every match I had a responsibility. Every match here was like a final,” said Sevastova who only beat one player in the Top 100. “I already knew how it would be. It was hard to play, of course.
“She played well, so it was two times harder, and not because of the fact that the stands wanted something from me. Everyone always wanted something from me. Therefore, it was not necessary to prove something to someone, only to myself.
“Before the finals I didn’t know how she plays, her shots, serve and how she moves. All my matches she could find on YouTube. I knew she will start well and will fight tough at the first set but she did the same in the third one as well.
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