It has been an impressive three weeks for Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova, who has notched a brace of $100,000 ITF Pro Circuit singles titles as well as a semifinal finish at the WTA event in Nottingham.
Playing on a protected ranking due to a seven-month injury lay-off, Rybarikova has returned in style and her latest title – at the $100,000 event in Ilkley – saw her knock out No. 2 seed Viktorija Golubic, No. 5 seed Madison Brengle and No. 6 seed Andrea Petkovic before defeating Alison van Uytvanck 75 76(3) in the final.
“I am very happy that I won this tournament,” said Rybarikova. “I was very tired at the beginning as I’ve been playing so many matches before coming here so I didn’t expect I could win.
“I haven’t played for seven months and have had two surgeries since last year so it’s really amazing for me to be in the top 100 now.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing here in Ilkley, I love playing the grass and it’s a beautiful town, it’s like something from a movie.”
The win comes two weeks after Rybarikova defeated Heather Watson in the final at the $100,000 ITF Pro Circuit event at Surbiton.
The women’s doubles title at Ilkley was won by the Russian duo Anna Blinkova and Alla Kudryavtseva, who defeated Poland’s Paula Kania and Belgium’s Maryna Zanevska 61 64.
The Aegon Ilkley Trophy is part of the ATP Challenger and ITF Pro Circuit tours and has a total prize fund of $250,000 making it part of the highest value circuit at this level in the world leading into a Grand Slam tournament.
Ilkley General Manager Charlie Maunder said: “We’ve seen a 20 per cent increase in spectators to the Aegon Ilkley Trophy this year and we’ve welcomed hundreds of players – some already household names like Laura Robson and Marcus Willis – some almost certainly to make their mark in the very near future and it has been a pleasure, from day one of qualifying to the final serve on centre court, and I look forward to welcoming everyone back again in 2018.”