AAP Tennis

Garcia comes back to lift Nottingham title

By AAP Newswire

France's Caroline Garcia has recovered from a set down to beat Croatian Donna Vekic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) and win her first title of the season at the Nottingham Open grasscourt event.

Top seed Garcia, the world No.28, who had finished off her semi-final win over Jennifer Brady just hours before the decider on Sunday, lost her opening two service games in a slow start to concede the opening set.

The 25-year-old then rediscovered her touch in the second set, before stepping up her game in the final set tiebreak to earn three championship points at 6-3.

Second seed Vekic fired a stunning forehand to trim the deficit to 6-4, but Garcia responded with an ace to clinch victory after two hours and 36 minutes.

The final brought to a conclusion the rain-hit pre-Wimbledon tournament in Nottingham, with some earlier matches having had to be played indoors.

Vekic, for example, overcame Kristina Mladenovic in a quarter-final clash which started on the grass outdoors before being moved to the indoor hardcourts, where most play occurred during the earlier rounds.