Tamara Zidansek’s wait for her first title ended on Sunday as she won the Ladies Open Lausanne. The Slovenian defeated Clara Burel 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 in the final, coming from a set and a break down in the process.
Burel led by a double break in the opening set but was broken while she was serving for the set the first time. However, Zidansek couldn’t recover the second break and ended up conceding the lead to the Frenchwoman. Burel’s momentum continued in the earlier stages of the second set as well as she broke to start the set. But this time around, Zidansek turned the set around. Not only did she break back but she also secured a second break to go up 4-2 in the set. However, Burel broke back and eventually, the set had to be decided in the tie-break which was claimed by the top seed. The third set was decidedly one-sided in favour of Zidansek and she held the momentum long enough to clinch the title.
Ladies Open Lausanne: Tamara Zidansek’s the last woman standing
Speaking about winning her first title post-match, Zidansek said, “I’m really happy I managed to win it, and now I got that under my belt.” Then, talking about the match itself, she added, “The conditions were tricky, I didn’t start well. But from 1-5, I got three (consecutive) games, and I started feeling a little bit better. I just kept telling myself to keep fighting, go for every point. In tennis, everything can change in one point, so I’m really happy with the way I managed to stay in the match.”
Zidansek, who reached the semi-finals of the French Open this year, also shared the impact and helpfulness of that milestone this week in Lausanne. “(The) semi-finals of Roland Garros showed me that my game is good enough to compete with the best. I’m really happy with the way I played there, and it just showed that I can be there.”
Following her win at the Ladies Open Lausanne, Tamara Zidansek will reach a new career-high of 37 in the WTA rankings. She also became the 12th first-time champion on the WTA tour this season.