It was a joy to see Klara Zakopalova break her finals runner-up streak this week by capturing the 2014 Brasil Tennis Cup, defeating Garbine Muguruza 4-6 7-5 6-0. It was a rematch of their final at the Moorilla Hobart International back in January, which was won by Garbine. In fact, Klara has reached 3 finals already in 2014, having lost to Kurumi Nara at the Rio Open last week. Unfortunately, in Klara’s 15 career singles finals, she has 12 runner-up finishes. That included a string of 6 bridesmaid finishes since her last win at the 2005 Banka Koper Slovenia Open. So as much as I like Garbine Muguruza, I was pulling hard for Klara to break through for the win.
Speaking of bridesmaid finishes, a few months ago Dominika Cibulkova was runner-up in the biggest final of her career at the 2014 Australian Open. While this week’s championship run at the 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco doesn’t replace a Major victory, it does get Domi back into the winner’s circle for the 4th time in her career. It also means she will have won at least 1 event in each of the last 4 years, including 2014. I was a bit torn in this event, as I am a fan of both Domi and her young American opponent Christina McHale. Honestly, I wished that Christina would win her first WTA title in what was her first final. But at the same time, it’s always nice to see Domi playing well and winning.
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