Siniakova Defeats Rybakina To Win Portoroz Title

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Katerina Siniakova defeated Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the WTA final in Portoroz, Slovenia.

Kazakhstan's Rybakina raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set but needed a tiebreak after Czech Siniakova fought back.

Rybakina was a break up at 4-3 in the second set, but Siniakova again fought and this time took the tiebreak with her third set point.

Siniakova had played both her quarterfinal and semifinal on Saturday, broke first in the third set, but Rybakina broke back to 4-4. Siniakova immediately broke again and served out for the victory.

It was a first singles title since Bastad in 2017 for the 26-year-old who has become a doubles specialist.

With Barbora Krejcikova, Siniakova has won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open this year.