Photo: Martin SidorjakDenisa Allertova (CZE)
Denisa Allertova leads the way on the ITF Pro Circuit having added a sixth title to her haul for 2014 as she dropped just 15 games en route to taking victory in $25,000 Plzen this past weekend.
Having begun the year ranked outside the world’s Top 300, the 21-year-old has made a move up to a new career high of No. 172 in the latest rankings and has every chance to rise higher in the coming months with no points to defend after September.
Allertova opened her 2014 campaign with back-to-back titles in Antalya in March after a six-month absence from the Circuit. Although a 14-match win streak was ended at the same venue the following week, the Czech bounced back in impressive style to win the biggest title of her career to-date at $50,000 Istanbul beating two former Top 100 players, Ksenia Pervak and Yulia Beygelzimer, in the process.
Making the move up to $75,000 Trnava in May, Allertova made her way through qualifying and won in the opening round match only to be forced to withdraw from the event ahead of a meeting with Aleksandra Krunic in the second round.
A month-long recovery followed but did not dampen her form as she eased to victory first at $25,000 Budapest and then $25,000 Siofek in her only two tournaments during June. With confidence riding high a first ever WTA appearance in Bucharest ended with defeat in the second round of qualifying and a second $50,000 title then also evaded Allertova as she lost the final in Olomuc having won the opening set against Petra Cetkovska.
Those disappointments seemed firmly in the past during her latest triumph as the Prague-native shone on home soil. Entering the event seeded fourth she moved past the challenges of Lisa-Maria Moser and qualifier Diana Sumova to reach the quarterfinals.
Fifth seed Elitsa Kostova was dispatched 61 62 in just over an hour as a run of nine straight games for Allertova from 1-1 in the opening set proved decisive. In the semifinals a slightly back-and-forth opening set against top seed Pervak went the way of Allertova before a 16-point game to hold to open the second saw the Czech take full control and cruise into the final 62 60.
Anastasiya Vasylyeva stood as the final hurdle to title number six of the year. The pair had met once previously on the clay of Antalya in 2012 where Allertova had come out on top. However, Vasylyeva had already featured in one final in Plzen, missing out on the doubles crown the previous day as she was beaten alongside partner Lidziya Marozava by Sandra Klemntschits and Renata Voracova, 64 75.
Vasylyeva took the early advantage in the singles final, breaking Allertova’s serve to begin the match but then surrendered six straight games including winning just one point in the three games immediately following the break.
The run of games was ended at the start of the second set as Vasylyeva saved break point before holding serve, although it was to again prove to be the only game the 22-year-old Ukrainian would win in the set. Allertova broke to take a 2-1 lead and then saved a break point before consolidating her lead.
The Czech accelerated towards the finish line as she surrendered only two further points in the final three games, including breaking serve twice, to leave to scoreline at 61 61 after just 49 minutes.