17 Jun 2010

Former WTA Top 100 player takes title in Zlin

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$50,000+H Zlin - Corinna Dentoni (Runner-up) & Patricia Mayr (Champion)

Ranked as high as 70 in the WTA singles rankings as recently as May 2009, Austrian 23-year old player Patricia Mayr claimed her second singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit of 2010 with victory in the final of the $50,000+H tournament held in Zlin, Czech Republic.

Mayr came into the tournament with a WTA ranking of 118 and was named the No. 2 seed for this event. An Austrian Fed Cup player each year since 2008, Mayr cruised through her first round match but was made to work hard in the following two rounds, requiring three sets to win in each. In the semis she saw off the challenge of doubles finalist Stephanie Foretz in straight sets to reach the final.

Up against unseeded opposition in the final and having already won the title in Jounieh, Lebanon in May, a tournament of the same prize money level as Zlin, Mayr could be forgiven for being confident of wrapping up the title, which she did in a similar manner to her opening match of the tournament, dropping just three games.

This win, her tenth from twenty career singles finals on the ITF Pro Circuit since her first final appearance back in 2005 would go someway to propelling Mayr back towards a return to the WTA Top 100. Next up for Mayr is a trip to England where she will be competing in the Wimbledon qualifying event as the eighth seed.

In the Zlin doubles final, the unseeded pairing of Eva Birnerova from the Czech Republic and France’s Stephanie Foretz, who were playing together for the first time since 2006, took the title, but it was by no means easy. In each round, the final included, each match was extremely close as having won the opening set each time they would go on to drop the second before winning narrow match tie breaks. This was one well earned title and their first as a partnership.