France’s Aravane Rezai won her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, defeating world No.84 Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-6(2) 6-1.
Both Rezai and Hradecka were unseeded, and both only dropped one set each en route to the final.
The 75th-ranked Rezai rallied from 5-3 down in the opening set and even saved two set points down 6-5 to push it to a tiebreak, where she prevailed easily, 7-2. Rezai’s serve was broken right away at the beginning of the second set, but since then she won six consecutive games to win her first title in her third singles final.
The 22-year-old Rezai has become the first French player to win the singles title in Strasbourg, as well as the lowest ranked player to win the tournament.