NÜRNBERG, Germany - Top seed Kiki Bertens ended the Cinderella run of qualifier Barbora Krejcikova in the final of the Nürnberger Versicherungscup on Saturday, rolling to her third career WTA title, 6-2, 6-1.
In her last two appearances in Nürnberg, Bertens lost a total of one set in 12 matches. The current World No.19 came through qualifying to win the title last year for a total of seven victories, but was a dominant force as the top seed this year and never lost a set.
In a 56-minute final, the Dutchwoman largely overwhelmed her inexperienced opponent, who was playing her seventh match of the week and her first WTA singles final. The top seed ran off the last four games of the opener before sprinting to the finish line by winning the last five of the second set.
Though she served just over 50 percent for the match, Bertens was effective behind her delivery when it mattered, winning 84 percent of points behind her first serve and 74 percent of points played in her service games total.
Krejcikova had two chances to get the second set back on serve at 3-1, but Bertens hammered an ace - one of seven for the match - and drew an error after a lengthy rally en route to holding serve.
A semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2016, Bertens rounded into form at just the right time ahead of the season's second Grand Slam; after reaching the quarterfinals in Madrid, the Dutchwoman went one better in each of the two weeks to follow with a semifinal in Rome and the title in Nürnberg.
In the doubles final, American Nicole Melichar and Great Britain's Anna Smith claimed their first WTA title in dramatic fashion, rallying from a set down and saving a match point in the deciding tiebreak to defeat Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson, 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.