Strycova ends wait for elusive title in Linz

Magdalena Rybarikova was unable to prevent Barbora Strycova from claiming her WTA singles title since 2011.

Barbora Strycova had not reached a WTA final this year before this tournament.   -  Getty Images

Barbora Strycova ended her six-year wait for a WTA singles title with a straight-sets victory over Magdalena Rybarikova in the Linz Open final on Sunday. A second singles title had proved to be so elusive for Strycova since her triumph in Quebec City in 2011, but the second seed emphatically saw off Rybarikova 6-4, 6-1 to finally get her hands on another trophy.

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The Czech had not reached a final in 2017 before beating Romanian qualifier Mihaela Buzarnescu on Saturday, but showed what she is capable of with a commanding display against the top seed.

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Strycova stated her intent by breaking in the first game and there were no further break-point opportunities for either player in the first set as the World No. 26 kept a firm grip of her advantage.

Slovakian Rybarikova found herself on the brink of defeat when Strycova took the first five games in the second set, but was denied a bagel after failing to serve out the match. The clean-striking Strycova was soon celebrating being crowned champion, though, breaking for the fifth time in the match in the next game to put Rybarikova out of her misery.

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