Slovakia’s Chantal Skamlova broke into the Top 250 this week after a fine spell of form that saw her pick up the biggest title of her career to date at the $25,000+H women’s circuit event in Torun, Poland in early July.
The tournament, known as the Bella Cup, has seen the likes of Angelique Kerber, Alize Cornet and both Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska grace its courts over the years, and Skamlova continued her positive form by adding her name to the honour roll.
“It’s the biggest success in my career so far,” reflected 23-year-old Skamlova, who had finished runner-up at another $25,000 tournament a week earlier in Baja, Hungary. “I am extremely happy that I was able to win such amazingly organized tournament.”
Skamlova defeated Miriam Kolodziejova – twice a champion in Junior Grand Slam doubles events at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2015 – in a fiercely contested three-set final, having earlier fought past Australia’s Priscilla Hon in a similarly tight semifinal.
It was a significant triumph for Skamlova at an event that has a history of welcoming future stars through its doors. The elder of the Radwanska sisters, mind you, didn’t make it beyond the first round in her appearance at the Torun event.
No seeded players reached the semifinals of the singles event, and there were quarterfinal defeats for Polish hopes Magdalena Frech and 15-year-old Maja Chwalinska, but the doubles event did follow the script.
It was a second runner-up finish for Kolodziejova who, alongside Jesika Maleckova, fell to top seeds Vera Lapko of Belarus and Anna Morgina of Russia 62 63 in the team final.
“It was a very good tournament,” summed up Jarosław Kuzel, a board member of the general sponsor of the event. “Too bad that none of the Polish players reached the final, but we are still very happy about our representatives’ performance on the courts.
“We truly hope that Maja Chwalinska and Magdalena Frech, especially, will bring us lots of joy in future games and we are already waiting for their success in the next Bella Cup tournament.”