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Kiki Bertens beats Barbora Krejcikova in final, retains Nuremberg Open title

Kiki Bertens claimed the Nuremberg Open title after beating Barbora Krejcikova in final.

tennis Updated: May 27, 2017 20:11 IST
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Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands poses with the trophy after defeating Czech player Barbora Krejcikova.(AP)

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands won Nuremberg’s WTA clay-court tournament for the second year in a row after her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Barbora Krejcikova in Saturday’s final.

The 25-year-old Bertens, ranked 19th in the world, was never troubled by the Czech Republic’s Krejcikova.

Bertens needed just 56 minutes to wrap up the title without losing a single set in any of her five matches and which she adds to her victory at Nuremberg last year.

Her third WTA win is the perfect build-up to the French Open, which starts on Sunday.

Bertens reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros last year -- her best result at a Grand Slam tournament to date -- where she eventually lost to Serena Williams.

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“I am very happy, I did not expect to win this week but I did it again,” said Bertens following her victory.

“I’m leaving on Sunday morning for Paris and I’ll be ready on Monday.”

Krejcikova, 21, who is ranked 254th in the WTA standings, held her serve early on until Bertens broke her in the fifth game, then won the next three to take the first set in 35 minutes.

The second was an even quicker affair.

Bertens, who blasted down seven aces in total to he rivals none, broke Krejcikova in the fourth game for a 3-1 lead and won the next three to seal the second set in 23 minutes.

First Published: May 27, 2017 20:11 IST