Tennis pro Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic couldn’t contain her joy when she won her first WTA title in Prague, describing it as a “dream come true.” In the Prague final, Bouzkova, 24, defeated Anastasia Potapova of Russia 6-0, 6-3.
Bouzkova had never won a WTA final until Prague. But on Sunday, she gave a strong effort and denied Potapova a chance. According to the WTA website, Bouzkova remarked after winning Prague, “It’s a dream for me to win my maiden title here at home.”
“I simply cannot be happier. It’s a dream come true, and I had a great time performing for the home fans.”
Potapova was defeated by Bouzkova in straight sets.
Potapova’s Prague final got off to a bad start when she blew two straight game points in the first game, allowing Bouzkova to take the first break of the match.
Potapova didn’t have another game or break point after blowing her first two game points, and Bouzkova bageled the Russian to take the opening set in commanding fashion. After Bouzkova had a 3-2 lead after the first five games of the second set, there were then five straight service breaks.
Bouzkova served out to love in the sixth game to earn the first hold of serve in the second set and take a 4-2 lead. Potapova dropped her first five service games in the Prague final, but in the seventh game, when she saved a break point to make the score 4-3, she was able to hold to one of her service games.
Bouzkova served out the eighth game to establish a 5-3 lead, but holding to one of her service games prevented a break. When Potapova was serving to stay in the championship match in the ninth game, Bouzkova secured her sixth break of the match to earn a straight-set victory.
Bouzkova will now compete at the Citi Open in Washington, where she has been paired with Emma Raducanu in the opening round of the tournament.