From qualifier to Fès champion. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens captured her first WTA title in only her second main draw tournament on Saturday by topping Spain’s Laura Pous-Tio 7-5, 6-0 in the Grand Prix SAR final.
“In the beginning I was very nervous and she started well, but after I won the first set all my nerves were gone,” said the Dutchwoman. “I love it here. I was here for one week because I played the qualies too, so I’m a little bit tired now, but I’m going to celebrate tonight and then go back home tomorrow. I’m excited. I’m going to play more tournaments now and try to win more.”
“It is only my second tournament on clay, so I’m still happy with the result,” said Pous-Tio.” In the final she started attacking more and everything started going faster – she played a very good match today. This is one of my favorite tournaments. The people are always very, very kind and give you everything, and I like the courts and the club too, so everything is just perfect here in Fès.”
The 20-year-old Bertens is the third qualifier to win a WTA title in 2012.
GRAND PRIX DE SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM
April 23-28, 2012
Results – Saturday, April 28, 2012
Singles – Final
(Q) Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 75 60
Doubles – Final
Cetkovska/Panova (CZE/RUS) d. Begu/Cadantu (ROU/ROU) 36 76(5) 119 (Match TB)