Cornet claims Bad Gastein title|
Bad Gastein, Austria (Sports Network) - Alize Cornet of France beat Yanina
Wickmayer of Belgium in Sunday's title match at the Gastein Ladies tennis
The seventh-seeded Cornet defeated Wickmayer, the No. 2 seed, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
to capture her second career title, and first since Budapest in 2008.
Cornet improved to 2-3 in career title matches. This was her second final of
2012. She lost to Francesca Schiavone in the Strasbourg final just before the
"It has been four years I haven't won a singles title, so it's just happiness
now. I'm so happy," Cornet said. "It's been a super week. I really love this
tournament. I love the people here and I feel everybody loves me as well. I'm
not Austrian, but I feel like I'm Austrian when I'm here. It's my favorite
"What more can I ask for than winning it?"
Wickmayer also was playing in her second title match of the season. She lost
to Mona Barthel in the Hobart final back in January. The Belgian fell to 3-5
all-time in finals. Her last tournament victory came in Auckland two years
The 22-year-old women had met just once previously, with Wickmayer claiming a
7-5, 7-6 (8-6) victory three years ago in Luxembourg.
"It was a good week - I'm disappointed not to win, but she was better than me
today and I just have to accept it and play better next time," Wickmayer said.
"I'm excited to move onto grass now and hopefully I keep playing well."
Cornet took home $37,000.
06/17 14:40:41 ET