BUCHAREST, Romania - Earlier this year Sara Errani beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in a tight two-setter to win the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro, and in their second meeting Sunday, the WTA Rising Star got revenge, edging the former No.5 in another tight two-setter for the BRD Bucharest Open crown.
After scraping out a marathon one-hour-and-13-minute first set in a tie-break, the No.7-seeded Schmiedlova broke away from 3-all in the second set to finish off the No.1-seeded Errani, 7-6(3), 6-3.
She broke the former French Open finalist at love to close it out after two hours and seven minutes.
It was the second WTA title of Schmiedlova's blossoming career, her first coming earlier this year on the indoor hardcourts of Katowice, Poland, where she beat giant-killer Camila Giorgi in the final.
Schmiedlova's win over the No.20-ranked Errani was also the first Top 20 win of her career.
"I still cannot believe I won, because it was a really tough match and Sara Errani is an amazing player," Schmiedlova said in her post-match press conference. "I knew she'd be playing really well, and I knew it would be tough to focus on each point today because we would have really, really long rallies.
"After I won the first set I did everything I could to win the second set, because I couldn't imagine being able to play a third set against her. And I'm really happy I was able to close it out right there."
Schmiedlova expanded on exactly how tough it is to play the former French Open finalist.
"It's tough to play against her anywhere, but especially on clay," she said. "You know it will always be a really long, tough match, and even in the first set I had some set points I couldn't win, so it's really important to take your opportunities when you have them or else she can come back into it.
"My crosscourt backhand is probably my strongest shot, but I was playing to her forehand sometimes today because I was trying to change it to down the line sometimes. I'm just happy it worked."
The doubles final took place earlier in the day and saw No.4 seeds Oksana Kalashnikova and Demi Schuurs cruise past the Romanian wildcard pairing of Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig, 6-2, 6-2.