Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru won her second career WTA title and her second straight at the $600,000 Polsat Warsaw Open.
Last year at the claycourt tournament, Dulgheru was making her first main draw appearance and stunned the tennis world when she went all the way to the title while ranked No.201. Dulgheru then became the first player outside the Top 200 to win a Premier-level tournament and the fifth player outside the Top 200 to win a WTA title.
Dulgheru scored two Top 10 wins on clay this season, over Dinara Safina in Rome and Elena Dementieva in Madrid, and en route to the Warsaw Open title the 32nd-ranked player in the world defeated No.7 seed Kateryna Bondarenko, Timea Bacsinszky, Tsvetana Pironkova, and two best-ranked Chinese players No.3 seed Li Na and No.5 seed Zheng Jie.
Zheng was on the way to become the first Chinese to win a Premier-level tournament, but lost to Dulgheru 6-3 6-4 in the final.
The victory earned Dulgheru $98,500, while Zheng received $52,500. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)