No.5 seed Annika Beck won the battle of the WTA Rising Stars to beat Jelena Ostapenko and win her second career title at the Coupe Banque Nationale.
WTA Staff

QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - Up against a fellow WTA Rising Star playing her first WTA final, No.5 seed Annika Beck remained calm through a clinical 6-2, 6-2 victory to capture her second career title at the Coupe Banque Nationale.

"I think there's all the time place for some improvement, but especially to have it under pressure in the final and to be able to keep that kind of level makes me really happy," the German said after the match, when asked whether she'd displayed her best tennis to win on Sunday.

Ostapenko had beaten Beck in their two prior encounters (both in 2015) and started the stronger of the two, winning five of the first six points to lead by an early service break. But Beck was undeterred, breaking straight back and, despite facing break points in the seventh game of the opening set, never lost serve again in the 53 minute, straight-set win.

"I was bit nervous before the match," the young Latvian admitted. "I wanted to win so much, and maybe that's why I lost."

The 21-year-old German upset defending champion and No.2 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in three long sets in the semifinals, but showed no ill-effects against Ostapenko, who is guaranteed to crack the Top 100 for the first time in her career on Monday's rankings.

Beck, who will be back inside the Top 50 after this week's result, had to be feeling extra pleased with some new hardware to go along with what she revealed to be a new weapon.

"I just switched to a new racquet; it's my first tournament with the new racquet, so that gives me a lot of confidence.

"We changed something with the balance and strings. I didn't have time to practice a lot with this racquet but I just came here and said, 'okay, let's try!' More than first round can't happen to you, so it just went another way."

Earlier in the day, WTA Rising Stars Barbora Krejcikova and An-Sophie Mestach recovered from a set down to win the doubles title in Québec City, beating Maria Irigoyen and Paula Kania, 4-6, 6-3, 12-10.