Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro become the first pro tennis champion during the COVID-19 pandemic beating Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 7-5 to win the WTA event in Palermo, Italy.
The title was Ferro’s second after winning Lausanne last year.
“I think it was my best match of the week,” said Ferro. “I was feeling relaxed; I don’t know why because it was a final! I wasn’t really feeling pressure. It was a tough match because she’s a really consistent player who doesn’t give you too many points. I had a good intensity throughout the whole match, I didn’t miss a lot, made a lot of winners, so I’m really happy to have the trophy with me.”
The 23-year-old Ferro only lost one set on the clay, beating local Italian favorites Camilla Giorgi in 3 in the semifinals and Sara Errani in the quarters.
“Giorgi’s game was very stressful and I didn’t know how to handle it in the first set. It was definitely when I felt the least calm, so I felt much better today”
Ferro entered the event off of back-to-back exo titles.
Kontaveit, 24, falls to 1-5 in WTA finals. She ousted top seed Petra Martic 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals.
The WTA event was the first official tournament on either tour since the global outbreak in March.
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