The French Kristina Mladenovic won the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2017 event coming over the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva 6/2, 6/7(3), 6/4. It was the longest match of the tournament which lasted 2 h 36 min.
Putintseva made a comeback in the 2nd set rallying from 2/5 down. In the 3rd set Yulia was 1/5 down and was close to level it again. She saved 4 match points on the opponent’s serve, but Mladenovic converted her 5th match point to win her maiden title. She lost three previous finals.
«Yulia is a real fighter – I was really nervous throughout the match, I was struggling to find my rhythm. I had ups and downs but I continued to believe. She made a great comeback in the 2nd set and was pretty close to do the same in the third, but I gave all it took to win the match”, – said the happy winner in an on-court interview.