Austria, Jun17: Alize Cornet of France defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 7-5, 7-6 (1) on Sunday to win the Gastein Ladies for her first title in four years.
The seventh-seeded Cornet, who is ranked 73rd, earned her second career title after winning in Budapest, Hungary in 2008 and is now 2-3 in WTA finals. She lost the final in Strasbourg last month.
“I can't believe it,” Cornet said. “This was the tournament I wanted to win this year. I can't believe I didn't win a title for the last four years so now it's all happiness.”
The former 11th-ranked Cornet broke the second-seeded Wickmayer's serve at 5-5 and then held to take the opening set.
She was 5-3 up in the second set against the second-seeded Wickmayer but failed to serve out the match before dominating the tiebreaker.
Cornet converted her first match point as Wickmayer sent a forehand into the net.
Wickmayer is now 4-4 in finals after last winning a title in Auckland, New Zealand, in January 2010.