BUYUKAKCAY INTO HISTORIC FINAL

Cagla Buyukakcay defeated Stefanie Voegele to qualify for TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup final, creating one of the biggest success stories for Turkish tennis history.

Turkish number 1, Cagla Buyukakcay set herself on the record books by becoming the first Turkish player to qualify for TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup singles final also becoming first-ever Turkish player to play WTA singles championship match. Buyukakcay, who was yet to win a main draw match before this year’s edition, progressed to final defeating Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-0, 7-5. Cagla is still yet to lose a set in the tournament.

26-year old Cagla started the match with a comfortable first set, winning with a bagel in just 23 minutes. Buyukakcay started the second set with another break. Voegele, who levelled the set in 2-2, but lost another service game, went on her resistance to win three games in a row to lead 5-4 in the second set.

Cagla did not look back after this point and made a 3-game streak to win the match 6-0 7-5.

Buyukakcay recorded 26 winners to Voegele’s 10, while having a great service performance with 94% first service percentage and 62% first service winning ratio.

Cagla Buyukakcay will play with Danka Kovinic or Kateryna Kozlova in Sunday’s final.