Mirjana Lucic-Baroni Beats Venus Williams, Wins First WTA Title in 16 Years

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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni added to her extraordinary career renaissance in 2014 with a straight sets victory over former world No. 1 Venus Williams to win the Coupe Banque Nationale title in Quebec City. It marked her first title in over 16 years.

“I’m so happy I can’t really find the words right now to explain how happy I am,” Lucic-Baroni said. “I played such a great match today against one of the best players in the world, such a champion.”

Lucic-Baroni played a remarkable match and withstood a slight comeback from Venus in the second set to secure the 6-4, 6-3 victory.

“It’s been so long. I’m finally playing the great tennis I always knew I could play, but it had been so long that I kind of lost a little bit of the belief in myself. But now after starting with my new coach Julian Alonso, winning matches and really getting that belief back, I’m just so ready to keep going.”

Williams, who reached her 75th WTA final, admitted that her opponent was far better than she was on this day.

“My opponent played too well against me today,” Williams said in her press conference. “She swung as hard as she could on every shot and hit so many lines. It’s not typical that when you go for every shot they almost all go in. I think I played pretty well, but she just played better than me.

“She just had the magic today.”

To follow up on her remarkable achievement, Lucic-Baroni, along with partner Lucie Hradecks, defeated the pair of Julia Goerges and Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 7-6(8) to win the doubles final – her first in 16 years as well.

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