The young Slovenian tennis player has taken her first WTA title!
In front of packed stands at the Bluesun tennis center, Slovenian tennis player Tamara Zidanšek won the third edition of WTA Croatia Bol Open. This was the fourth WTA tournament appearance for the 20-year-old player, her first final and the first WTA title in her career! In the final match with a score of 6:1, 6:3, Zidanšek defeated Polish player Magda Linette, who played an excellent tournament overall.
With her performance at the WTA Croatia Bol Open, Tamara Zidanšek is now the second best Slovenian tennis player, who proved she will be very valuable to women’s tennis in the future. Tamara came to Bol with the ranking of her career. Thanks to great play, on May 28th, she was ranked 122nd, which progressed 58 places since the beginning of the year. With this win, Tamara has now entered the top 100 and will be ranked 96th in the WTA charts tomorrow.
“Behind me is a dream week. It started against Alja Tomljanović and went up to the finals and I played great. I do not know what to say, this is my first WTA title, and I will remember Bol all my life,” said the excited Slovenian.
Tamara came to Bol both physically and mentally well prepared. This was the second game between Linette and Zidanšek and the second win for Tamara. Tamara will have to qualify for Wimbledon, but if she stays in the top 100, we’ll watch her at the US Open this year.
Linette had an excellent tournament, though in the final she had to shake the hand of her rival and congratulate Zidanšek after all.
“I was hoping it would be different, but Tamara did great and deserved this title,” Linette said.
In the fifth game of the first set, a drone appeared in the sky above the court, forcing the chief judge to briefly interrupt the match – though it was the only and biggest problem during this year’s tournament.
Everything else went nearly perfect.
“We had the best tennis tournament so far. We have the smallest budget on the WTA Tour, but we are the best in this category. We saw the top tennis in the final, and these girls will be in the spotlight for a long time. I am proud of my team and everything they have done. Only 60 cities in the world have a WTA license, we are the only WTA125k series in this part of the world, in Southeast Europe. WTA is officially the world’s strongest brand in women’s sport and despite all the obstacles and the lack of support from state institutions responsible for developing sports in our country, there is the Dalmatian atmosphere that WTA will have in Bol,” said tournament director Feliks Lukas.
Along with Lukas, the winners were awarded by the Mayor of Bol, Tihomir Marinković and Blaženko Boban, Prefect of Split-Dalmatia as a delegate of the Croatian Government.