Sara Sorribes Tormo won the first title of her career at the Guadalajara Open after defeating Eugenie Bouchard on Saturday’s final 6-2, 7-5.
The fourth seed was nearly unplayable in the opening set as she broke Bouchard in the third game to draw first blood. She did face seven break points but saved the lot even as Bouchard looked to be struggling – against the opponent and because of the momentousness of the occasion – on the other side of the net. Bouchard’s 22 unforced errors also contributed to her getting edged out in the first set.
In the second set, both players’ game teetering, it was Bouchard who took the lead at 5-3 and tried to serve for the set. However, Sorribes Tormo pounced back into the match and won the next four games consecutively to take the win.
Guadalajara Open: The first of many for Sara Sorribes Tormo
Speaking after the match, an elated Sorribes Tormo shared, “From the first point, from the first game with my serve, I just tried to stay there at the beginning, because she was hitting so strong. I just tried to hold my serve, to make her think, and I think I made it good. I’m really, really happy with the way I played, and happy to win. I’m proud of everything. I’m proud of the way I managed the emotions; it’s not easy to play a first final. I’m happy with the way I managed to compete here with the altitude and with everything. I’m really happy with my attitude.”
This week, en route to her title win at the Guadalajara Open, Sorribes Tormo overturned a 0-2 deficit in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Bouchard’s dismal run in the WTA finals continued. Of the eight finals she has now contested, she has lost seven – six in a row, dating back to the 2014 Wimbledon final. Her only title came at the 2014 Nuremberg Cup on clay against Karolina Pliskova.
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