Dominic Thiem and Latvian Anastasija Sevastova claimed Sunday finals victories at Berlin’s bett1ACES event. with each winner earning EUR 50,000.
With tennis in lockdown through the end of the month due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, every little earner is welcome to idle players who last competed on the Tours four months ago.
Thiem ended undefeated from three matches, lifting the men’s trophy over teenaged Italian Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-2. Sevastova beat double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 at the socially distanced event whose final stages were played inside a hangar at the city’s former Tempelhof airport.
"Today I played my best match during the entire Corona period,’ ATP No. 3 Thiem said. "It’s nice to end the week like this.
"If I played like this every time, I would be more than happy. Berlin was definitely worth a trip. ” the Austrian added.
Former US Open semi-finalist Sevastova,ranked 43rd, claimed her title after hardcourt hangar wins over Top 10 players Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens plus German Julia Goerges.
"Petra dominated with her serve,” Sevastova said, "But I hung in and managed to break in the second set. Fortunately; I was better in the third set (match tiebreak)
"Conditions in the hangar were ideal for my game. The wins here against three strong opponents give me a lot of confidence,”
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online