PRAGUE (AP) – Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic came from a set down to win the Prague Open, overcoming Sam Stosur of Australia 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the final on Saturday.
Safarova broke Stosur for 4-3 in the final set and served out with her 14th ace to claim her seventh WTA title, and first in 14 months. She improved her record against Stosur to 11-3.
“It was a big fight,” Safarova said. “It’s always tough against her. I was waiting for my chance and it came in the second set.”
Coming back from a bacterial infection last year, Safarova, the French Open runner-up last year, didn’t win a singles this season until this week in Prague, where she won five in a row.
In the opening set, Stosur got a break for 2-0 and held on, saving one break point at 4-2 before serving it out.
But she struggled with her serve in the remaining two sets, serving seven double faults. She didn’t look disappointed after the final.
“I still had a pretty good week,” the 2011 U.S. Open champion said.
Safarova broke Stosur to go 2-0 up in the second set after the Australian double-faulted on a break point, and got another break for 4-0 with a forehand winner.