Turkish super heroine Cagla Buyukakcay takes the title at home after grueling match win over Montenegrin powergirl Danka Kovinic.
TEB BNP Paribas İstanbul Cup ends with an unforgettable moment for home crowd. The country’s number one Cagla Buyukakcay breaks her bad luck in the tournament history and went to historic win in front of ambitious spectators.
Buyukakcay lost first set 6-3 against focused Kovinic but made a good start at the second. Turkish No.1 led 4-1 with an important break and defended her pivotal lead until the end. After levelling the match with 6-2, Cagla got the early break in the third set, which increased excitement at the Garanti Koza Arena.
Kovinic tried to comeback with several good shots, but re-grouped Cagla saved important break points on her serve, didn’t allow her opponent to catch-up.
Cagla easily built-up 40/0 lead on serve for the championship at 5-3, but Kovinic took three points in a row. Surrounded by screams of ‘Haydi!’, the 26-year old closed out the game at fifth match point by a sensational forehand.
Buyukakcay became first-ever WTA titlist – singles or doubles – in Turkish tennis history and clinched another great achievement: first Turkishwoman to break into WTA singles Top 100 setting a new career-high (82) on monday.
While she collected 43,000 USD to her maiden WTA title in Istanbul. Her trophy presented by Youth and Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic.