Today, WTA Croatia Bol Open’s top seed from 2017, Johanna Larsson, won the Nuremberg Cup. She defeated American Alison Riske 7-6(4), 6-4. The straight sets victory marks Larsson’s second career WTA singles title, and first in nearly three years.
Larsson will play in Bol again this year. She is one of 14 top 100 ranked players expected to participate. Now she will arrive with a little extra confidence. Come Monday her ranking will improve from world no. 97 to world no. 59, just 14 spots short of her career best. She will be the top ranked Swede, moving past Rebecca Peterson.
After her win Larsson said, “I feel unbelievably happy. Before this week, I arrived here with not that much confidence…Coming and standing with the trophy out there on Center Court is a great feeling. It makes that I can still do this and believe in myself, and especially before a Grand Slam, it’s very important.”
She continued to analyze her performance, saying “Both of us were fighting hard today. The rain and all the waiting was quite rough for everyone…In the end, I think I had just a little bit more energy to spare, and that was the difference.”
The 29-year-old will play American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round of the French Open on Monday, May 28. Her best showing at Roland Garros was a third round appearance in 2014.
The 2018 WTA Croatia Bol Open will take place from Tuesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 10. To see Johanna Larsson and other top players in action, purchase tickets via ticketshop.hr.