In an all-lefty final in Québec it was Melinda Czink who prevailed and finally captured her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title, beating Lucie Safarova at the Bell Challenge on Sunday, 46 63 75.
Playing in her second career final, Czink hung tough with Safarova after the first set, breaking in the fourth game of the second to even it at a set apiece. In the third they traded breaks twice early on but it was Czink who took the decisive one, breaking at 30 at 5-5 before serving it out at love.
“It feels great. I haven’t really processed it yet but I will,” Czink said. “I went match by match this week. This was the toughest match this week. I had to take some risks on her serve today – sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. We really pushed each other, and I’m happy I could come out the winner.”
“We both played a good match. I think it just came down to a few balls and she did it better,” Safarova said. “The whole week I was trying to be very aggressive and move forward, but she did the same today and I had trouble dealing with it. I didn’t feel I did anything wrong today. It could have gone either way.
“I hope to come back next year and do better. Unless you win, you can always do better!”