Anna Karolina Schmiedlova captured the first WTA title of her career, cooling off the red-hot Camila Giorgi in an all-WTA Rising Star final at the Katowice Open in Poland.
WTA Staff

KATOWICE, Poland - Anna Karolina Schmiedlova captured the first WTA title of her career on Sunday afternoon, cooling off the red-hot Camila Giorgi in an all-WTA Rising Star final at the Katowice Open.

After putting on an inspired performance to beat No.1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, Giorgi, the No.3 seed, was touted by many as the new title favorite. And after breaking Schmiedlova easily in the opening game and going up 30-15 in the next game, it looked like a solid prediction.

But the No.8-seeded Schmiedlova, who had taken out No.2 seed and defending champion Alizé Cornet earlier in the tournament, was having none of it - she won the next four games in a row en route to taking the first set, then battled back from 3-1 down in the second set to finish Giorgi off, 6-4, 6-3.

"I started out nervous today. I lost my serve straight off in the first game. But then it was better," Schmiedlova said. "I wasn't nervous after that and was just taking it point by point. Usually I don't like playing aggressive players like her as much, because I can't play as aggressively as them and I feel like I'm always defending, but I did very well. It was maybe one of the best matches I've played.

"It's something special. I still can't believe it - it will take a long time for me to believe it."

Schmiedlova was asked how she felt about the city of Katowice, away from the courts that is.

"I actually wanted to go to the city center, but I didn't have much time this week because I always played late, and I had to rest because I was tired after each match," the Slovak said. "I went to do some autographs at the shopping mall, but other than that I just saw the hotel and the courts.

"So yeah, I didn't see much here in Katowice, but hopefully next year!"

Will she be back next year? "It's hard to know because it's far away, but I really want to, because this tournament is very special to me. Last year I won my first WTA main draw match here, and this year I won my first WTA title here, so I definitely want to come back. So hopefully I will be back."

The doubles final took place earlier in the day, with Belgian-Dutch pairing Ysaline Bonaventure and Demi Schuurs battling past Italians Gioia Barbieri and Karin Knapp for the title, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.

Bonaventure now has two WTA doubles titles, while Schuurs won her first WTA title of any kind.