Former No. 1 Angelique Kerber outlasted first-time WTA finalist Kaja Juvan 7-6 (5), 6-7 (0), 7-6 (5) over greater than three hours within the Strasbourg Worldwide ultimate on Saturday.
Kerber’s 14th profession singles title was her first on clay in additional than six years.
Juvan upset Kerber on the 2020 French Open, and in her first profession ultimate put up a outstanding combat. However Kerber prevailed within the longest ultimate of the yr.
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The three-time grand slam winner got here to Strasbourg with solely two match wins this yr, and stunned herself along with her each day enchancment.
Kerber is seeded twenty first on the French Open, the one grand slam she hasn’t gained, and begins in opposition to Magdalena Frech of Poland on Monday. Juvan has qualifier Oksana Selekhmeteva, the 2021 women’ doubles champion.