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Wickmayer leaves Citi Open with two titles

By: Anirudh Sridhar

Yanina WickmayerThe seven seed Yanina Wickmayer lost only one set the entire tournament and defeated the American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-2, for her second title of the weekend under the lights in Washington D.C. This was her fifth singles title of her career.

Wickmayer was strong from the start and jumped out to a 5-2 lead, and was serving for the set. The 22-year-old American Davis broke serve and started to mount what looked like a comeback.

It was Davis’ first WTA Finals appearance.

She cut the first set lead to 4-5, and had a break point on Wickmayer’s next service game to potentially tie the set at 5-5. The duo battled through multiple deuces, but Wickmayer won the game and then the set, to take a firm lead on the match.

As the match went on, Davis hit more errand shots but still made Wickmayer fight for every point. Although the scoreline might not show it, the end of the second set was a no push-over for Wickmayer.

The night before, Wickmayer won the doubles championship with her partner Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-3 against Shuko Aoyama and Risa Ozaki.

She played that match after she had won her semifinal singles match against Yulia Putintseva.

Wickmayer once went five years before singles titles, but for the first time in her career she claimed both a singles and doubles titles.

“It just feels great to be playing good tennis again and to really be stepping up my game the last couple of months,” Wickmayer said. “Winning titles, it will never be usual. It’s such a great feeling to win titles and to hold that trophy at the end of the week.”

Davis came into the tournament under the radar but battled her way to the finals. Just a few weeks before the tournament she changed her coach and changed her fitness routine after taking a break from tennis in the spring as she started to feel burnt out by the sport.

Davis showed different ways of winning all of her matches at the tournament and ended up winning two consecutive games to force Wickmayer to serve for the 5-4 set in the first after falling behind early. However, Wickmayer won that set with a deep forehand. Then Wickmayer won five-straight games to start the second set to cruise to the title.

“Well, you know it was her first final. I know how it felt being out there the first time in my career, playing a finals — it’s not easy. Especially, she’s playing at home so a lot of expectations,” Wickmayer said. “I think I was the favorite going into this match according to the rankings, but I think mentally, I felt like the pressure was more on her than me.”

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