Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse completed a tennis dream week on Sunday as she defeated German veteran Andrea Petkovic 7-6(6), 6-4 to win the WTA Hamburg title.
The No. 198 dealt out the 33-year-old Petkovic, also serving as tournament ambassador, to become lowest-ranked WTA titleholder since World No.299 Margarita Gasparyan won Tashkent 2018.
Ruse rallied in the second set from two breaks down to earn the breakthrough victory.
“I’m so emotional right now, I would like to thank my coach very much,” the winner said.
“I’m such a crazy player, it’s not easy to work with me.
“:It was a pleasure to play (Andrea), I saw so many of her matches on TV when I was little,” the 23-year-old champion said.
The outsider had previously only reached a quarter-final on the Tour, in Nottingham 2019 and came to Hamburg with an 11-9 record this season.
She will enter the ranking Top 150 on Monday after her success.
Petkovic, ranked 130th, last won a title in 2015 at Antwerp. The German was unable to extend her chances by missing with forehands on two set points in the first-set tiebreaker.
Ruse becomes the third qualifier this season to win a WTA title after Clara Tauson in Lyon and Liudmila Samsonova in Berlin.
Main photo:- Elena-Gabriela Ruse © WTATennis/Hamburg European Open