Bacsinszky Wins First Tour Title
Published October 25, 2009 12:00
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Timea Bacsinszky had never made a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour final before but in her first she performed brilliantly, taking out Sabine Lisicki in straight sets for the BGL Luxembourg Open crown.
Bacsinszky's best career results on the Tour before this week were four semifinals, two last year and two earlier this year. So, unseeded and going into her semifinal match here against the red hot Yanina Wickmayer, things didn't look great for her. But the Swiss fought hard to snap the No.5 seed's eight-match winning streak in a photo finish on Saturday, 36 62 75.
Lisicki, the No.6 seed, was just as daunting on paper, some phenomenal results this year at some huge events - winning Charleston, the quarterfinals of Wimbledon - putting her as the clear favorite. And the big-serving German had just survived a gritty encounter against one of the toughest competitors in the game, former Top 15 player Shahar Peer, in the semifinals a day earlier.
Bacsinszky came out firing in the final, winning the first four games in a row and staying on serve from there to take the first set, 6-2. The second set stayed on serve until 4-4 when Bacsinszky broke again for 5-4 and a chance to serve for the title. Lisicki broke back but was again broken herself, then lost, 62 75.
"I'm really happy with the way everything went today. I played in a smart way and just went for it. I wasn't nervous at all," Bacsinszky said. "It's great to win my first title. I don't think I've realized what it means for me yet. For now I just want to stay focused because I have another tournament next week."
"Timea played well. My leg was hurting a bit but I still tried to fight. I rushed too much today and I could tell that I was tired from my semifinal," Lisicki said. "I didn't take my chances but you can always learn from something like this."
Bacsinszky also launched her official website, www.timea-b.com, on Sunday.
Two of the biggest stars of the women's game started the week but neither made it out of the early rounds. Caroline Wozniacki, the top seed, was forced to retire in her first round match with Luxembourg's Anne Kremer due to a left hamstring strain; Kim Clijsters, playing for the first time since her dream US Open run and the No.2 seed here, lost to Patty Schnyder in the second round.
"I felt good going into the match, but the injury suddenly happened," the 19-year-old Wozniacki, ranked No.6 in the world, said. "Sometimes injuries are unpredictable. I was looking forward to playing here and doing better than I did last year, and I'm sad this happened today and I had to retire."
"Patty played extremely smart today. It's tough to force errors on her and break through her game," Clijsters said. "I made more errors and my first serve wasn't working the way I would have liked it to. I had my chances in the first set and I tried to fight through. It's disappointing when you're not playing your best."
Czechs Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova won the doubles title earlier in the day with a 16 60 107 win over fellow Czechs Vladimira Uhlirova and Renata Voracova, taking five straight points from 5-7 in the match tie-break to seal their second title as a team, having won Stockholm last year. Benesova and Zahlavova Strycova now have five Tour doubles titles each.