October 20, 2019 / 4:39 PM / a month ago

Ostapenko eases past Goerges to claim Luxembourg title

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2019 Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko reacts during her quarter final match against Croatia's Petra Martic Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

(Reuters) - Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko proved too strong for defending champion Julia Goerges in the Luxembourg Open final as she cruised past the German 6-4 6-1 on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Latvian, who captured her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2017, won the third WTA crown of her career with a solid display in her second final of the year.

Just when she looked like she was shedding the inconsistency that has dogged her game in recent months, Ostapenko was beaten by 15-year-old Coco Gauff of the United States in the Linz Open final last week.

But the Luxembourg wild card was in no mood to let another opportunity slip by in her final tournament of the year, sealing the decider on the back of her superb serve.

“Of course it’s great to finish the season with winning a title, especially in the last tournament,” said Ostapenko, who fired six aces and won 83% of points off her first serve.

“I enjoyed this week so much. I think I played really well today. I just like to finish the year this way. Especially after making the final last week, I was much more confident in coming to this tournament.”

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by David Goodman

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