EMPIRE Slovak Open after 4 years of waiting knows again winner from Slovakia. The biggest clay court event in Slovakia, its 10th edition, was dominated by 20 years old Viktoria Kuzmova, who overwhelmed in the finals Veronica Cepede-Royg of Paraguay in 3 sets 6:4, 1:6 and 6:1. It is the most valuable title of her career so far.
Sunday's EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018 singles final will feature Slovak player Viktoria Kuzmova. She beat in Saturday's semi-finals Yekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) after a battle royal in 3 sets 7:5, 5:7, 6:4 after 130 minutes. In the second semifinal Veronica Cepede-Royg (PAR) defeated Anna Blinkova (RUS) 6:3, 6:0 in 64 minutes. Final match will also be broadcasted LIVE on RTVS 2, starting 12:30 PM.
Slovakia will have singles semifinalist at the biggest clay court tournament in Slovakia EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018.
Viktoria Kuzmova was successful today at both her matches, first against Madison Brengle (USA) 6:4, 7:6 and then she also defeated number 1 seed Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6:0, 7:6.
One of the longest active members
Wednesday’s match of the day at EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018 featured two Slovak players, number 2 seed Anna Karolína Schmiedlová and local wild card holder Rebecca Sramkova. Viktoria Kuzmova was also successful in the first round.
TC EMPIRE Trnava member and EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Vivien Juhaszova was successful in the final round of qualifying and reached main draw of EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018, the biggest women's clay court tennis tournament in Slovakia.
Tournament Director's Speech
Dear tennis friends,
we are all very excited to have a privilege to offer our supporters – together with my colleagues at TC EMPIRE club – the 10th annual international women’s tournament EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018.
When our tournament began to write own history - in the first week of August 2009 - none of us did not know how this effort will help the future of Slovak tennis, our town Trnava and also of our tennis club.
Petkovic reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 9 in October 2011 after reaching the quarterfinals of that year's Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open.
Former world No. 2, Wimbledon and US Open 2010 singles runner-up, bronze medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing or 2-times Grand Slam Doubles & Mixed Doubles winner. Vera Zvonareva (33) from Russia is one of the best players who has ever participated at our tournament.
Have you ever played in Slovakia before? Why did you choose to play at our tournament?