Alize Cornet won the Strasbourg International by beating Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the final on Saturday.
Hradecka saved two set points in the 10th game to force a tiebreaker. However, she doubled-faulted at 5-4 and Cornet took the set when the Czech netted a forehand volley.
Cornet, the third-seeded Frenchwoman who was runner-up last year, gave Hradecka little chance in the second set and clinched her third singles title when her opponent made a backhand error.
”She’s a risk-taker,” Cornet said of Hradecka. ”She hit balls that were in or on the line in the first set, but most of them were out in the second.”
Cornet paid tribute to her coach Georges Govern.
”I am where I am today thanks to him because he has made me improve a lot. He took me out of a hole I couldn’t get out of,” Cornet said. ”I sometimes pick on him and that’s our way of working together. But he’s not unhappy, because I’m a nice girl off the court. It’s just that I feed off my anger and my bad temper when I play. But don’t worry, it’s only on the court – I don’t bite.”
Hradecka has now lost all six finals she’s played.
The Strasbourg International is a warm-up tournament for the French Open, which starts Sunday. Past winners include Steffi Graf, Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova.