Sevastova lifts Mallorca Open title as Latvian tennis continues to grow

Anastasija Sevastova gave Latvian tennis another boost when she won the Mallorca Open title on Sunday a fortnight after Jelena Ostapenko became the surprise Roland Garros champion.

A year after finishing runner-up at the inaugural Mallorca Open, Sevastova went one better in Spain, surviving three tough sets against Julia Goerges to win her first WTA title in seven years, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

The players exchanged breaks in the middle of the opening set only for Sevastova to emerge on top.

Goerges took control at the start of the second, taking a decisive break in the sixth game to ultimately serve it out and level the match.

Serving first proved crucial for Sevastova in the decider, and the 27-year-old served out the win on her first match point after two hours and 14 minutes on court.

Speaking on court after the victory, Sevastova paid tribute to Goerges and praised her for making the encounter extremely difficult.

"It’s my second final here,” the Latvian said.

“I won, but it was a tough match.

“I hope the tournament will be back here next year."

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