Super Sunday for Croatian Tennis…Lučić Wins WTA Title, Croatia Promoted to Davis Cup World Group
- by croatiaweek
- in Sport
Just days after Marin Čilić thrilled the tennis world with his US Open win, Sunday has been another day to remember for Croatian tennis…
Mirjana Lučić-Baroni (32) has made history by winning the WTA tournament in Quebec on Sunday, beating Venus Williams in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. It was her first title in 16 years.
“Thanks to the fans who supported me. This was an amazing week for me. I am unbelievably happy. I hope nobody comes and wakes me up, because this is like a dream,” an excited Lučić-Baroni said after the win, before taking the court in the doubles final and also claiming that title to cap off an amazing week.
The hard-hitting Croatian now holds the world record of the longest gap between titles (16 years), breaking a record previously held by Japan’s Kimiko Date (13 years), and has now won 3 titles.
Meanwhile Čilić has given Croatia a 3-2 win over Netherlands in the Davis Cup on Sunday. Fresh from his US Open win, Čilić won the deciding match of the rubber beating Thiemo de Bakker 67-(4) 6-4 6-2 7-5 as Croatia earn promotion to the Davis Cup World Group for 2015.