Sorana Cirstea took her time to claim the second title of her career, winning the WTA event in Turkey 13 years after her first WTA honour.

The 31-year-old picked up where she left off in 2008 in Tashkent by defeating Belgian Elise Mertens 6-1, 7-6(3).

Cirstea , ranked 67th to her opponent’s 17, scored the upset in the 10th final for Mertens and only the fifth for the surprise winner.

Cirstea, who reached her first final in Budapest, 2007, as a 17-year-old qualifier, was competing in her first since Tashkent two years ago.

The winner moved through the week without losing a set and was surprised at her consistent winning form.

“I was hoping to come here and play a few matches and not think about the result at all,” she said.

“I’m the happiest with the way I’m playing. I’ve played quite solid.

“On any day I can be a tough opponent against anyone and this gives me a lot of hope for what’s coming.

“There were so many different conditions. I had to bring out every single day a strong mindset and just think of my goal, no matter the conditions.”

Main photo:- Sorana Cirstea with trophy in Istanbul –


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