ASHLYN KRUEGER QUEEN OF GAIBA: THE 2ND EDITION OF THE VENETO OPEN GOES TO THE AMERICAN

The American Ashlyn Krueger, born in 2004 from Springfield (Missouri), won the grass title of the WTA 125 of the Gaiba Tennis Club by coming from behind to beat the German Tatjana Maria with a score of 3-6 6-4 7-5

Gaiba (Ro)  – The favorites for success in the second edition of the Veneto Open promoted by Confindustria Veneto Est were others, but in tennis predictions are also made to be subverted. This was demonstrated by the American Ashlyn Krueger, born in 2004 from Springfield (Missouri) , who at the end of the best week of her career gave herself the title on the grass of the WTA 125 of the Gaiba Tennis Club .

An unexpected success on the eve and even more so judging by how the final went against the number one favorite Tatjana Maria , who came to lead 5-2 in the third set, thanks to a tennis that goes perfectly with grass of Polesine.

On the Central court the German expert implemented her schemes perfectly, making great use of the slice (with the backhand but also with the forehand) to take away the pace of her rival, and seemed to have the title in her grasp when she came within just one game of the triumph.

But precisely in the most difficult moment, the character – and the brain – of Krueger emerged, number 143 in the WTA rankings (but from Monday, thanks to the 160 points collected in Veneto she will rise to number 108), who, as she had already done in other phases of the match has decided to change plans.

With nothing left to lose, the American started attacking every single ball, following the serve and also the return to the net: a choice that paid off, allowing her to build a powerful comeback point after point.

She recovered the break deficit, caught up with her rival at 5-5 and then on the wings of enthusiasm she extended her lead, until the ace which after 1 hour and 57 minutes sealed the final 3-6 6-4 7-5 which it handed her her first title on the WTA circuit .

 

“ It had never happened to me to play in such an atmosphere – said the winner of the Clinica Odontoiatrica Biscaro Poggio trophy – because during the tournament and in particular in the final I received enormous support. It makes this success even better. I knew I had a difficult task, but I accepted that I had to leave my comfort zone to play tennis that I am not used to. It has been an incredible week: I leave Gaiba with a lot of joy and also with a great deal of confidence in view of Wimbledon (where next week he will be competing in the qualifiers, ed.)”.

Great satisfaction also for the organizers, who were able to stage a small but great miracle this year too. “ We are closing a special week – said tournament director Elia Arbustini –, with a high level of play and a pleasant mix of expert and emerging players, perfectly symbolized by the final (there was a 17 year difference between the two protagonists, ed.). Our thanks go to the sponsors, the institutions and all those who allowed us to experience a splendid edition. The audience was very large and involved, a sign that the tournament is becoming more and more popular, while the enormous work done to improve the conditions of the pitches has borne fruit. We are happy, but this year’s results are only the first part of a journey that will lead us to further improve. Soon we will start thinking about the next edition of our WTA 125, but we don’t want to give ourselves limits for the future. We will try to improve more and more, and make this beautiful project grow further ”.

Before the singles final there was space for the awarding of two honorary citizenships of the municipality of Gaiba: the mayor Nicola Zanca awarded the recognition to Clemente Di Nuzzo, prefect of Rovigo, and Paolo Armenio, vice president of Confindustria Veneto Est with delegation to the Rovigo area.