Top seed Timea Bacsinszky kicked off her clay season with her first title of 2016, cruising past a resurgent Marina Erakovic in straight sets
WTA Staff

RABAT, Morocco - Timea Bacsinszky saved some of her best tennis for Saturday's final against Marina Erakovic; the Swiss star faced few problems against the former World No.39, 6-2, 6-1, to capture her first title of 2016 at the GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem.

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"Well, it's a great feeling, and my first win on clay," she said after the match. "It was an awesome week for me; it was tough at the beginning but I leveled up my game and I'm really happy about this win. I hope it'll give me confidence for the rest of the season."

Bacsinszky reached the semifinals of last year's French Open, and appears to be settling into similar form after racing through Rabat - losing just one set in five matches. Against Erakovic, she played a near-perfect match over the course of an hour and seven minutes, winning 75% of the Kiwi's second serve points without facing a break point off her own delivery.

"I hadn't played her in a year so we were probably both waiting to see what the other one is going to do. Well, I was the one who tried to be more in the court, to attack more, and to try more things. That probably helped me clinch the first set, and in the second, I was even looser."

Her fourth career WTA title, the only WTA tournament in Africa Bacsinszky's first on red clay - all three of her previous victories came on hardcourts.

It might not have been the ideal finish for Erakovic in the final, but it was still an awe-inspiring week from the qualifier, who had nearly dropped outside the world's Top 200 due to various injuries. Taking out Fed Cup hero Kiki Bertens in three grueling sets, the 28-year-old jumps up nearly 60 spots to within spitting distance of the Top 100.