Pauline Parmentier became lowest ranked player to win Istanbul Cup in tournament history with a stunning win over Polona Hercog of Slovenia in three straight sets.
French player Pauline Parmentier has written her name in tournament champions list after 10 years of her latest WTA victory. 32 year-old from Cucq defeated world no. 75 Hercog by 6-4 3-6, 6-3 at Garanti Koza Park in front of nearly 2500 spectators.
Parmentier built a lead 6-4, 3-1 over Hercog, but Slovenian powergirl made a comeback by taking five games in a row. In the final set, Hercog got early blood with a break, but Parmentier response immediately. With a strong play in last games, Parmentier finished off the 27-year old Slovene by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Pauline Parmentier secured her third WTA singles title span over 11 years and back to Top 100 at the rankings. She said “I’m extremely happy with the win and back in grand slam main draw. Because I came here for taking some advantage before Wimbledon entry list closed, where I stand out of it. But now, I’m surely in for Wimbledon. That’s also important for me.”
She collected 43,000 US dollars for the win as climbed 76th place by increasing 46 spot.