Cornet beats Hradecka for Strasbourg crown

11:36 AM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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Strasbourg, France (Sports Network) - Alize Cornet went one step further this year, following up her runner-up finish in the 2012 Strasbourg International with a title in 2013.

Cornet fell in last year's final to Francesca Schiavone, but the third-seeded Frenchwoman thrilled the home crowd with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 victory on Saturday for her third career title and first since last June at Bad Gastein.

Hradecka, the 2009 Strasbourg runner-up, is still trying for her first career title. She is now 0-6 in finals.

The Czech native saved a pair of set points at 4-5 in the first set and broke serve for a 6-5 lead, but Cornet broke back and won the tiebreaker when Hradecka double-faulted at 4-5 and followed with a forehand into the net.

There was no such drama in a second set that Cornet dominated by winning 24 of the 31 points played.

Cornet, now 3-3 all-time in finals, picked up a first prize of $41,000. She will take on Maria Joao Koehler in the first round of the French Open next week, while Hradecka will meet Ashleigh Barty.

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