Kirsten Flipkens caps off a tournament of her career with defeating Lucie Hradecka in 2012 Challenge Bell final in Quebec.
Unseeded Belgian had a fairy-tale week in Quebec. Sending home top seed Cibulkova in the first round indicated that Flipkens might just be the most prepared player of the tournament. According to her post-semifinal statement she was delighted to have entered her first WTA final and she promised she would enjoy the match no matter what happens. On the other hand, eighth-seeded Lucie Hradecka found herself on the wrong end of the scoreline in her previous four finals and was aiming to put an end to this tradition. The players were tied in their head-to-head matches prior to the encounter.
102th-ranked Flipkens got off to a flying start by achieving a double break and a comfortable 4-0 lead in the opening set. She offered Hradecka a lifeline by giving away a serve in the fifth game, but the Czech was unable to hold a serve in the set which thus went Belgian’s way after mere twenty-three minutes of tennis. 26-year-old Flipkens was significantly better in winning both service and return points.
Hradecka had five break point opportunities in the first half of the set two, yet none of the players could get her nose in front until 5-5 when Flipkens broke her opponent and came one service game away from a WTA trophy. The Belgian served herself to a triple match point soon after. She missed the first two of her championship balls, but was in seventh heaven after the subsequent rally. The final act of the 2012 Quebec tournament thus ended with a 6-1, 7-5 Kirsten Flipkens triumph.
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