Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova captured the Generali Ladies Linz title over WTA Rising Star Anna-Lena Friedsam, maintaining a flawless streak at indoor tournaments dating back to 2014.
WTA Staff

LINZ, Austria - No.7 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her first title of the season and eighth of her career at the Generali Ladies Linz, overcoming niggling injuries and WTA Rising Star Anna-Lena Friedsam, 6-4, 6-3.

With two indoor titles in 2014 in Paris and Moscow, the 24-year-old won her 15th straight indoor match this week during the tournament's 25th anniversary - winning five matches at each event.

"I don't want to focus on the numbers because after a while you'd just go crazy, but I'm really proud to get another title, and here in Linz, it's always nice," she said in her post-match press conference.

The Russian had been ruthless throughout the week in Austria, dropping just one set en route to the title - in the semifinals against 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens - and was particularly dominant on serve in Sunday's final, dropping just six service points in the opening set and only three points behind her first serve in the second.

Arriving on court with a strapped left thigh, Pavlyuchenkova received treatment on her right thigh later in the match, but despite the physical concerns, the No.7 seed was flawless when it mattered, striking one last forehand winner to clinch the title and was in high spirits after the match - joking with the media about fitting her trophy in her luggage.

"It's a good problem to have, I will find a way to manage, and it's better like this rather than to leave without trophies!"

When offered to have it shipped, she let out a staunch denial, recalling a funny incident after a trophy ceremony earlier in her career.

"In Brisbane in 2011, I won the doubles there, and because I had two tournaments to play in Australia, it was really heavy. So they said, 'we're going to send it to you.'

"Long story short, I don't have the trophy yet because customs can be so tricky. I prefer to just carry it myself!

"I love all the trophies, it doesn't matter how it looks; I'll take them all!"

It was nonetheless a career week for Friedsam, who reached her first WTA final and re-entered the Top 100 after four wins - three in straight sets.

"I'm really proud that I could make my first final. It gives me so much confidence for upcoming tournaments. I'm happy to compete again and improve my game," she told media after the match.

The doubles final was contested between Top 2 seeds, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears and Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. Kops-Jones and Spears, who completed the doubles line-up for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global by winning their semifinal on Saturday, went one better to win the final, beating the Czechs, 6-3, 7-5 for their third title of 2015.

"All of our first three matches were really tight, and after our semis we were able to relax a little. I think we're really confident heading into Singapore," Kops-Jones said in their post-mach press conference.