Cornet beats Hradecka for Strasbourg crown|
Strasbourg, France (Sports Network) - Alize Cornet went one step further this
year, following up her runner-up finish in the 2012 Strasbourg International
with a title in 2013.
Cornet fell in last year's final to Francesca Schiavone, but the third-seeded
Frenchwoman thrilled the home crowd with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 victory on Saturday
for her third career title and first since last June at Bad Gastein.
Hradecka, the 2009 Strasbourg runner-up, is still trying for her first career
title. She is now 0-6 in finals.
"I wasn't thinking about any of my other finals," said Hradecka. "I was really
trying my best out there."
The Czech native saved a pair of set points at 4-5 in the first set and broke
serve for a 6-5 lead, but Cornet broke back and won the tiebreaker when
Hradecka double-faulted at 4-5 and followed with a forehand into the net.
"Everything just turned around from there," Hradecka noted about the double
There was no such drama in a second set that Cornet dominated by winning 24 of
the 31 points played.
"It was a very tight first set -- we were both serving very well and we didn't
break each other much," said Cornet. "In the tiebreak it came down to just one
or two points, and then in the second set it went way faster because
everything she had been putting on the lines in the beginning started to go
Cornet, now 3-3 all-time in finals, picked up a first prize of $41,000. She
will take on Maria Joao Koehler in the first round of the French Open next
week, while Hradecka will meet Ashleigh Barty.
05/25 12:44:31 ET