Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia hits a serve during her French Open women's second round match against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada at Roland Garros in Paris on June 1, 2017. File photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo
Anastasija Sevastova won her first WTA title since 2010 when she defeated Julia Goerges 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday in the championship match of the Mallorca Open in Spain.
The 27-year-old from Latvia was a finalist in Mallorca last year before falling to Caroline Garcia, but she was able to outplay Goerges in a two-hour, 14-minute match.
"I won, but it was a tough match," the second-seeded Sevastova said afterward. "I hope the tournament will be back here next year."
Sevastova is reviving her career after injuries helped her lose the love for tennis in 2013, leading to leaving the tour for 1 1/2 years. She returned in 2015, citing that she missed the big stages and had learned perspective about how there is life outside of tennis.
Now she is displaying that she is having fun on the court and her play at Mallorca backed that up.
"I've known you a long time, and there were some years when you told me you didn't want to play tennis anymore, and now here we are," Goerges told Sevastova during the trophy ceremony. "I'm so glad I was able to play this final against you because I think you're a great player. I'm so happy you're back in tennis, but hopefully you'll let me win next time, and play many more finals together."
Goerges, from Germany, played well in the second set to even the match but Sevastova controlled the final set with her serve. Goerges hit 32 winners but was plagued by 25 unforced errors.
Sevastova had 17 winners against just 10 unforced errors while winning her second career title. She is projected to rise to No. 13 when the new world rankings are released on Monday.