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LARSSON WINS FIRST WTA TITLE IN BASTAD

2015-7-21


BASTAD, Sweden - Johanna Larsson, Sweden's No.1 player, scored the first WTA title of her career on home turf Sunday, beating defending champion Mona Barthel to win the Collector Swedish Open.

Barthel had beaten Larsson in straight sets in all three of their previous meetings, but this time the No.7-seeded Larsson came out swinging, rallying from an early break down to take the first set and then rallying from a break down twice more to edge the No.4-seeded Barthel in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6

She stormed out to a 5-0 lead in the second set tie-break and never really looked back.

"I'm extremely happy," Larsson said. "I think I played really well today and I tried to concentrate on taking it point by point. Mona is playing very aggressive tennis so I think my spin really paid off.

"Coming into this tournament I had not won many matches," the Swedish No.1 added. "But I tried to just play my game and stick with my topspin, which is my strength out there. In the end of the match I don't know how it happened, but I won the last point, and of course that's the most important point!

"I'm just really living in the moment right now and I'm happy with this victory today. Hopefully this can pay off later in the season, but right now I am just going to enjoy my first career WTA title."

Not only was it fourth time lucky for Larsson against Barthel, but it was fourth time lucky for her in WTA finals - she finished runner-up in all three of her previous finals, at Portoroz in 2010 (to Anna Chakvetadze) and here in Bastad twice, in 2011 (to Polona Hercog) and 2013 (to Serena Williams).

And the breakthroughs didn't stop there - Larsson also became the first player this year to sweep both singles and doubles titles at a WTA event. As part of the No.4-seeded team with Kiki Bertens, Larsson beat Tatjana Maria and Olga Savchuk in another tight two-setter in the doubles final, 7-5, 6-4.

The last singles-doubles sweep on the WTA came at Québec City last fall (Mirjana Lucic-Baroni).

The biggest news of the week at the Collector Swedish Open, however, might have been Serena Williams competing at the event, winning her first round match on Wednesday before having to withdraw from the event on Thursday due to an elbow injury. The World No.1's presence alone though, fresh off an historic fourth straight Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, was huge news all week.



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