Bouzkova top Czech in Perth
Czech teen Marie Bouzkova has recovered from a one-set deficit to claim the first $25,000 ITF event in Perth.
The Perth Tennis International #1 title has been won by Marie Bouzkova after she defeated qualifier and fellow teen Marketa Vondrousova in an all-Czech affair.
With both players coming off some solid performances over the last few months, the final always looked like it would be close, and despite losing the opening set, Bouzkova hit back to take the match 1-6 6-3 6-2.
“I’m really happy that I had such a great week here,” Bouzkova said.
The world No.238 won four ITF Circuit titles in 2016 and made the semifinals in Burnie last fortnight.
For Vondrousova, the loss marked her first this year, after she won ITF Circuit titles in Stuttgart-Stammheim and Grenoble in January.
Despite their similar age and shared nationality, the pair had not previously played before Sunday’s final. “It’s kind of new,” Bouzkova said. “But she has such a good strike I knew I had to really try and be focused.”
“We have so many good Czech girls now, the competition is really there. We are helping each other to play really good and push each other to the limit.”
However, Bouzkova has found support from possibly a more unlikely source, training with Croatian and recent Australian Open semifinalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in her home base in Florida. “She is the one from the professional players that has helped me and I really honour that” Bouzkova said.
Unfortunately, Bouzkova has been forced to pull out of the next Perth event due to a leg complaint.
Queenslander Priscilla Hon was the best performed of the Australians, reaching the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by eventual runner-up Vondrousova .