Lexus Surbiton Trophy 2023: Yanina Wickmayer defeats Katie Swan to seal title
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Yanina Wickmayer is the new Lexus Surbiton Trophy champion after defeating Great Britain’s Katie Swan in the final.
The win marks her first career title on grass and 20th pro trophy since 2006.
"Wow, that was a rollercoaster of a match and a really good one," said Wickmayer after her victory.
"I've always loved playing on grass from the moment I set foot on it and I really love coming to Surbiton - I've been coming here for a few years now. It's been great to be able to win this one."
The first of two finals with British interest at the Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club on Sunday had the early signs of an excellent contest, with both players bringing real intensity from the opening game.
Completely locked in and playing some of the best tennis in an already impressive week, Swan’s aggressive hitting off both wings had Wickmayer under immense pressure. The 24-year-old Brit got her reward in the fifth game of the match, connecting on a rocket forehand down the line to clinch her second break point of the match.
Swan’s big serve came to her rescue as she staved off five break points in the first set. Wickmayer would come to regret those missed opportunities as Swan’s impenetrable backhand saw her take a double break and with it, the opening set.
Two costly mistakes off the Belgian’s forehand gifted the opening break of the second set to Swan as well, making it an increasingly difficult challenge for the 33-year-old.
However, from 3-1 down, Wickmayer raised her level in a bid to try and get back into the match. A couple of uncharacteristic errors from Swan helped her eventually draw level, before she held to take the lead for the first time in the set. Growing in confidence, the former world No.12 seized her chance and broke for a second time to level the scores.
Wickmayer – who won the women’s doubles title on the day before – overturned another break deficit at the start of the third and got the luckiest of net cords to take a 5-3 lead. Wickmayer had match point on her serve, but Swan refused to go away, letting out a huge roar as she found a winner to get back on serve – they were going to a championship tie-break.
Wickmayer got off to a dream start in the breaker, taking the first six points without reply. Having fought back hard to keep herself in contention, there was little left that Swan could do as the Belgian sealed the Surbiton double in two hours and 38 minutes,
Whilst it was a disappointing result for Swan, her performances this week has seen her rise 28 places to world No.134 in the WTA live rankings.