Vaidisova makes her mark in Vancouver

Vaidisova makes her mark in Vancouver

Vaidisova makes her mark in Vancouver
By Eurosport

15/08/2004 at 18:42Updated

With many star names practising on Greek courts, the latest addition to the WTA Tour calendar produced it's youngest winner in 15-year-old Nicole Vaidisova. The Czech ranked 174 in the world, finished of the week in impressive fashion with a 2-6 6-4 6-2 victory over fourth seed Laura Granville.

Having play through three matches to qualify for the Tier V event, Vaidisova conveyed her delight at winning only her third main tour tournament.

"I feel great," Vaidisova said. "It was my goal coming from qualies to try to win this tournament. It just really feels great because I did my best."

She is the youngest player to win a title on tour this year and the second qualifier to win a title, joining Iveta Benesova, who won in Acapulco.

"My rank is going to jump a lot and I'll be able to get into higher events so I'm happy about that," Vaidisova said.

Since turning pro in October of last year, Vaidisova has accumulated a solid 24-5 record, which includes a tour quarterfinal and two other ITF titles.

Vaidisova has already set a goal for a few years from now: to play for the Czech Republic at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

"I don't know how our players did today, but I want to be on the 2008 team that goes to China, that's for sure," Vaidisova said.

In doubles final, third seeds Bethanie Mattek and Abigail Spears won their first title together as a team, defeating Els Callens and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-3 6-3. It was the first title for Mattek and the second for Spears.

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