Tig seals Istanbul title after Bouchard’s thriller


Istanbul, Turkey – Patricia Maria Tig saw seven championship points come and go before sealing her first WTA Tour level title with a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over qualifier Eugenie Bouchard at TEB BNP Paribas Tennis Championship Istanbul.

On two occasions, the Romanian paused in the decision maker and had three match points on her own serve before creating three more successively on the delivery of Bouchard. The Canadian, who had fought 1-4, 15-40, beat each of them to force a tiebreaker, but that proved to be a bridge too far as the WTA world No.88 won after two and a half years. hours.

Before the exciting conclusion, the match had been one of the extremes. The first set was dominated by the WTA world No.272, before a quick fortune turn in the second, controlled by the Romanian.

Tig, who had been the dominant player in the tournament before the final, losing just 20 games and not a single set all week, appeared to have the decision maker in hand before Bouchard’s astonishing rally found the mental resources to ensure the victory.

“I’m really happy and excited about my performance,” she said, before reflecting on how she handled the lack of so many points to see the game.

“I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong during the game. On each match point, I tried to do better.

“She played amazingly. We both fought for every point, it was a very good game.

It was Bouchard who came out shooting early in the match. She set the tone for the opening by crushing a crosscourt winner on the very first point and was relentless for a brilliant spell that lasted for half an hour.

Indeed, the Canadian won the first seven points of the game and won the first three games losing only a few points, as she struck with incredible precision and not little power.

Although Tig started to master the game in the middle of the first set as she started to become more efficient on serve, Bouchard was quite serene as she lost only five points on serve in the whole of the first set. .

A set point arrived after 36 minutes when she delivered a winner who dusted the line, and the frame was quickly sealed as Tig scored. A set point arrived after 36 minutes when she delivered a winner which dusted the line, and the frame was quickly sealed. like Tig net.

“I fought for every point in every way I could,” she said of her recovery. “I think it’s very difficult to keep that high level the whole game and I knew if I was going to be there and fight for every point it would get better. It did and I’m really happy with it.

The tide started to turn at the start of the second set, which would be the opposite of the first as Tig became more aggressive and Bouchard began to misfire. After a couple of twos, the 26-year-old gained the upper hand by winning her first break point of the match.

Bouchard had two chances to retaliate in Game 4 and his failure to do so would weigh heavily. Tig gained an insurance break to love from the next game and subsequently grew in confidence, running away with the second set in 38 minutes thanks to four straight games.

Building on this momentum, the Romanian was keen to love at the start of the decision maker and was again ruthlessly efficient when given a decisive chance to get a hand on the trophy.

Although Bouchard stopped a seven-game streak against her with a hard-fought catch, Tig’s purple spot continued as she found the sideline to pass 4-1.

Bouchard’s recovery from two break points in the next game set the stage for a dramatic conclusion, but in the end she was left with too much ground to catch up.

Suffering from disappointment in her previous two finals, Tig closed the game as Bouchard scored, and she can look to surpass her previous career-best world No.80 when the standings are released.

“I thought about it for a very long time,” she says. “It will help me play bigger tournaments and go straight to the Main Round, so it’s very useful. I’m glad I got to do it here, it’s been a special tournament for us.

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