In an incredible final against Karin Knapp, Sam Stosur fought back from the brink of defeat to win yet another WTA title in 2015 at Bad Gastein.
It was a tough match from the start but one that the Italian was in control of for the better part of the first half of the match. However, Stosur managed to fight back when Knapp was serving out the match and eventually found the necessary openings late in the third set to close out the contest 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 in two hours and 28 minutes.
It was a remarkable performance for both ladies, as Knapp was forced to play a rain-delayed semi-final against Sara Errani earier in the day – one that also went three sets.
“It wasn’t easy to play five hours today but I was really fighting. I just missed some chances, and she used hers,” Knapp said. “It was a great week, though. I’m looking forward to the next tournaments.”
Stosur, however, took advantage of her on experience in such situations to dig out the win.
“It was a very hard match today,” Stosur said. “I was getting completely outplayed in that first set, and even though she was up in the second set too, I started to feel like I was doing a little better. Obviously she served for the match but I hung in there, got that set then played better and better from there.
“It’s not ideal to be playing a semifinal and final in one day, a two-and-a-half-hour match in the morning then another two and a half hours in the afternoon, but unfortunately that’s just what happens with the weather sometimes. And she did serve for the match, so she wasn’t doing too badly either.”