It took nearly two decades, but former No. 1 Angelique Kerber on Saturday completed her matched set of tennis trophies with victory at the WTA Strasbourg tournament.
The 34-year-old German, a treble Grand Slam champion, picked up a first-ever title on clay as she defeated Slovene Kaja Juvan 7-6(5), 6-7(0), 7-6(5).
Victory took nearly three and a half hours but put the No. 22 in the record books.
Kerber has won a WTA title has won a title on every surface available on WTA Tour : outdoor hard court, indoor hard court, grass. indoor red clay, green American clay and the classic outdoor European red clay.
The veteran champion kept the pressure on her 21-year-old opponent, forcing Juvan to save 13 of 19 break points as Kerber claimed the 14th Tour trophy of a career which began in 2004.
“There can’t be a better motivation for the French Open,” Kerber said.
“It was a great week. I’ve improved from match to match and I hope that I can take my good form to Paris with me.”
Main photo:-Angelique Kerber wins in Strasbourg – by Chryslene Caillaud