First of all, I apologize for being away for a couple of days. It’s been our long Easter weekend here and the sunny weather made me forget about my laptop for a couple of days. But I did follow all the action, and while in Charleston Angelique Kerber won her fourth WTA title, in Katowice a new name joined the WTA champions club, as Anna Karolina Schmiedlova claimed the title in the city where she had won her first WTA main draw match against Alize Cornet two years ago. Interestingly, en route to the 2015 Katowice Open title Schmiedlova again faced Cornet, the defending champion and seed No.2, and ousted her in the quarterfinals 6-2 6-0.
Only 14 months ago Schmiedlova, who describes herself as shy and quiet, said how her then-newly-acquired Top 100 status gave her tougher draws and more difficult opponents in the early rounds, but apparently she has learned how to handle the situation like a boss.
In the final of the Katowice Open, the 20-year-old Slovak, whose younger sister Kristina Schmiedlova plays on the junior tennis circuit, clinched the first set after recovering from an early break of serve by winning four straight games and then again battled back from behind in the second set to beat third seed Camila Giorgi 6-4 6-3, the Italian who had upset home favorite and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semis.
The International-level title and its 280 points propelled Schmiedlova from No.67 to a new career-high ranking of No.46. Earlier this year Schmiedlova also played the final of the Rio Open, which she lost to top seed Sara Errani. (photo: Jimmie48)