The last singles match of the 2015 Internationaux de Strasbourg will feature third seed Samantha Stosur, who will be looking for her seventh career WTA title, and Kristina Mladenovic, a first-time WTA finalist.
This week has been highly successful for the Australian Grand Slam champion Stosur, whose match wins this season had been few and far between prior to the International-level event in Strasbourg. Last month’s reunion with her coach David Taylor is already bearing fruit and after yesterday’s three-setter against Ajla Tomljanovic, Stosur pulled off another three-set victory, over Sloane Stephens in the semis, 6-3 3-6 6-0.
Mladenovic’s route to the final was bitter sweet. The Frenchwoman is happy that she’s reached the first title match of her career, but her last two victories came on the expense of her opponents’ misfortunes: in Thursday’s quarterfinals top seed Madison Keys withdrew from the tournament with an elbow injury, while in Friday’s semis Mladenoviic’s good friend Virginie Razzano retired during the second set, due to an abdominal muscle injury. However, it’s not Mladenovic’s fault that her opponents had to quit, plus, she won the first set agianst Razzano.
Our photographer Jimmie48 left Strasbourg yesterday, in the middle of the messy quarterfinal day that featured a walkover and a retirement. He was posting galleries from the tournament all the way from the qualifying rounds until Wednesday’s action, so make sure to check out his amazing photos, if you haven’t already:
- Early Strasbourg qualifying hit by rain and freezing cold on Friday
- Qualifying complete in Strasbourg on Saturday
- First round commences in Strasbourg on Sunday
- Defending champ Puig out, as Jankovic and Stosur move on in Strasbourg on Monday
- Second round opens in Strasbourg on Tuesday
- Mixed luck for French local heroes in Strasbourg on Wednesday