The WTA returned to Switzerland after an eight-year break and the Ladies Championship Gstaad is handing the winner’s trophy to home player Viktorija Golubic, who defeated Dutch Kiki Bertens in the final, 4-6 6-3 6-4.
— WTA (@WTA) July 17, 2016
Bertens has enjoyed a superb claycourt season, which included a 12-match winning streak with the Nürnberg title and Roland Garros semifinals, and on the clay of Gstaad the world No.26 reached the title match, sending home top seed and home favorite Timea Bacsinszky in the semis, but in Sunday’s final the unseeded Golubic stepped up her game and impressively converted all seven break point chances she earned.
The unseeded Golubic defeated seed No.7 Mona Barthel in the first round, then Evgeniya Rodina in the second, Carina Witthoeft in the quarterfinals, then ended 16-year-old Rebeka Masarova’s inspiring WTA main-draw debut in an all-Swiss semifinal, and finally eliminated the third-seeded Bertens.
Currently ranked No.105, Golubic is expected to climb to No.72 in the WTA rankings, cracking the Top 100 for the first time.