Meusburger wins first WTA title, beats Hlavackova in Bad Gastein final

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The 29 year old and 86th ranked Austrian veteran, Yvonne Meusburger, played in her second final at the Nurnburger Gastein Ladies 2013 tournament on Sunday afternoon when she took on Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic, who is ranked at 108. These two players had only met once in the past, in 2009, also on clay, when Meusburger was victorious. Meusburger defeated the tournament’s 8th seed, Karin Knapp, in straight sets in the semis, while her opponent had a marathon three setter against Elina Svitolina. Meusburger, who lost in the final of the Budapest tournament last week, got to the final of this tournament in 2007 and was going for her first ever WTA title. “I’m really happy to be in the final here,” the Austrian said, as she has always done well in this tournament. Hlavackova got to her first WTA semi and final in this tournament.

Hlavackova got proceedings underway and the first two games went with serve. Meusburger then broke for 2-1 and games again went with serve until Hlavackova broke back for 4-4. Meusburger then broke again to go 6-5 ahead with her serve to come and she confidently served out the first hard fought set 7-5 in almost an hour. The Czech started the second set and again the first two games went with serve. Meusburger then broke for 2-1 and raced ahead to 5-2 before serving out the set at 6-2 and the match in an hour and forty minutes for her very first WTA title.

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