Michaela Honcova won first title of season in Porto

Slovakia’s Michaela Honcova survived epic final match to win the women’s 15.000 USD circuit crown at the Clube de Ténis do Porto in Portugal on Sunday.

With both finalists looking for first title of the year, Honcova defeated Frenchwoman Sara Cakarevic 57 61 75 in 2 hours and 11 minutes to collect the 5th ITF Pro Circuit singles title of her career.

The first set saw some intense battles on court, before Cakarevic took the initative. Honcova reeled off six of seven games to secure the second set in a little over 30 minutes.

After two contrasting sets of tennis, Honcova again pocketed an early break to lead 2-0, only to again see Cakarevic respond in the sixth game to get the set back on serve at 3-3. The final set was a tense affair, until Honcova grabbed a decisive break at 6-5 and appeared poised to claim the win. She came through to serve out the match a short time later.

The title was particularly important for the 24-year-old Honcova, whose last triumph on the ITF Circuit came in Essen in June 2013. “I am very happy to win this close final against very solid opponent. I have seen her to play last weeks and also this week she played very well in every single match.” said Honcova.

The title from Porto should secure a return to TOP 300 for Honcova. On behalf of our team, we would like to congratulate her and wish her best of luck for upcoming tournaments.

Chantal Skamlova edges Kolodziejova to capture the biggest singles title of her career

The final week of June 2017 saw Chantal Skamlova competing in tournament at KS Start-Wisla Torun Club in Torun, Poland with the prize money 25.000 USD+H.

Played out on clay courts, Skamlova took part only in singles event. The former Junior Fed Cup player for Slovakia experienced little trouble navigation her way through the first three matches (Pantuckova 6-1, 6-1, Kapshay 6-3, 7-5 and Chwalinska 6-4, 6-1), dropping just 15 games, before coming up against Priscilla Hon in the semifinals.

Australian youngster Hon took the first set 6-4 but Skamlova came back strong to take next two sets 6-1, 6-3.

One week after falling in the Baja final in Hungary (25.000 USD), Skamlova was able to go one step further and claim the biggest singles title of her career, winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 against Miriam Kolodziejova in an hour and 48 minutes.

Chantal saved tripple of break points in the third game of the match and used a momentum as a springboard to build a lead. The Slovakian rolled on from there to claim the first set, highligted by precise hitting from the baseline and excellent 3 passing winners to secure second break of the Kolodziejova serve in the final game of the opener.

Playing in her biggest ITF final, Kolodziejova started brightly in the second set, breaking the Skamlova serve in third game to take a lead 2-1. The Czech taking the decisive break a few games later at 4-4 and ultimately to serve it out and to send the match to a decider.

In the decider, the young Czech broke serve in the opening game, but Skamlova rallied to win 9 points in row to take a first lead. Kolodziejova could do little to stave off Skamlova’s victory from there as she surrendered the serve for the second and third time in the decider and saw Skamlova serve out the match and her biggest singles career title.

“First of all, I would like to congratulate to Miriam. It was a very good week for her and I wish her all the best for the future. Thank you to all the sponsors of this tournament to make it happen. I think it was the best tournament I have attended this year. Thank you to all people who came to support us, especially in the end when we had no power you pushed us to give our best. And the last, but not least I would like to thank to my boyfriend for the support.” Skamlova reflected at the trophy ceremony.

A month ago, Skamlova was ranked out of TOP 400, but will see her ranking rise to a new career-high of approximately No. 275 after Wimbledon as a result of her efforts this week.

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Our team would like to congratulate her and wish her all the best for the upcoming tournaments. Bravo Chantal!