Strasbourg, France (Sports Network) - Alize Cornet went one step further this
year, following up her runner-up finish in the 2012 Strasbourg International
with a title in 2013.
Cornet fell in last year's final to Francesca Schiavone, but the third-seeded
Frenchwoman thrilled the home crowd with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 victory on Saturday
for her third career title and first since last June at Bad Gastein.
Hradecka, the 2009 Strasbourg runner-up, is still trying for her first career
title. She is now 0-6 in finals.
The Czech native saved a pair of set points at 4-5 in the first set and broke
serve for a 6-5 lead, but Cornet broke back and won the tiebreaker when
Hradecka double-faulted at 4-5 and followed with a forehand into the net.
There was no such drama in a second set that Cornet dominated by winning 24 of
the 31 points played.
Cornet, now 3-3 all-time in finals, picked up a first prize of $41,000. She
will take on Maria Joao Koehler in the first round of the French Open next
week, while Hradecka will meet Ashleigh Barty.
The Sports Network