A year after finishing runner-up at the inaugural Mallorca Open, Anastasija Sevastova went one better in Spain, surviving three tough sets against Julia Goerges to win her first WTA title in seven years, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Sevastova’s first title came all the way back in 2010, when she won in Estoril a month after her 20th birthday; three years later, she left the sport citing persistent injuries and illnesses only to make a comeback in 2015.
“We’ve had a great final”, said Toni Nadal, Tournament Director. “Anastasija has adapted great to the conditions and she deserves the title.”
I’ve known you a long time, and there were some years when you told me you didn’t want to play tennis anymore, and now here we are,” Goerges said during the trophy ceremony.
“I’m so glad I was able to play this final against you because I think you’re a great player. I’m so happy you’re back in tennis, but hopefully you’ll let me win next time, and play many more finals together.”