Cornet lifts the trophy in Strasbourg

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The final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg tournament was played after a marathon doubles final between 3rd seeds Cara Black and Marina Erakovic and 4th seeds Kimiko Date Krumm and Chanelle Scheepers. The Japanese/South African duo won the first set 6-4 and the Zimbabwean/New Zealand team won the second 6-3, so a decider ensued. The final score in the cliff hanger third set was 14-12 to the incredible Date Krumm and her partner.

The finalists in this tournament were 3rd seed Alize Cornet of France, who reached the final by winning all her matches in straight sets and taking out 7th seed Scheepers in the quarters, and 112th ranked Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, who won her first three matches in straights and went to three sets in the quarters against Flavia Panetta. The players had only met once in the past, in 2010, when Hradecka won in straight sets.

Continuing the exciting tennis the fans were treated to, the first set of the final was a closely fought contest, going all the way to a tie breaker which Cornet eventually won 7-4. The second set was a disappointment, as the Czech completely lost her way and did not win a game, mainly because her powerful serve let her down. She served five doubles to two aces, way below her usual statistics. Cornet was ahead of her opponent on serve stats throughout the match, while they were equal on break points.

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