Williams wins Bastad, Meusburger lifts the Bad Gastein trophy

The week featured two International-level events and one title was captured by Serena Williams, while the other went into the hands of first-time titlist Yvonne Meusburger.

The Collector Swedish Open was just the sixth International tournament of Williams’ illustrious big-stage career and it comes as no surprise that she came out as the winner, while it is hard to believe that she had never won that small a tournament before. After victories over Sesil Karatantcheva, Anna Tatishvili, fifth seed Lourdes Dominguez Lino, third seed Klara Zakopalova, in the final Williams beat Swedish No.1 Johanna Larsson. The American had to come back from a break down twice in the first set but in the end had a routine 6-4 6-1 win and clinched her 53rd WTA title. It’s her seventh title and 51st match win of the year. The semifinal win over Zakopalova was her 50th and never before had she won 50 matches so quickly in one year. Moreover, she’s unbeaten on clay this season.

At another European tournament, the Gastein Ladies, Yvonne Meusburger won her maiden title by defeating Andrea Hlavackova 7-5 6-2 in the final and without losing a set all week against previous opponents Jasmina Tinjic, third seed Irina-Camelia Begu, Arantxa Rus and eighth seed Karine Knapp. At the Austrian event Hlavackova reached her first ever WTA quarterfinals and won back-to-back matches for the first time this year. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)

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