Melinda Czink Is the Overall MVP of the WSOP, but will she bring home the WSOP bracelet?

Melinda Czink Israeli Horia Tecau won the doubles title for the fourth time with partner Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in Sofia, after taking out the unseeded duo of Hao-Ching Chan and Rohan Bopanna of India, …

Melinda Czink

Israeli Horia Tecau won the doubles title for the fourth time with partner Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in Sofia, after taking out the unseeded duo of Hao-Ching Chan and Rohan Bopanna of India, 7-6, 6-3, in the men’s doubles final on Sunday.

Both Tecau and Ramos-Vinolas play regularly on the ATP tour, reaching last year’s final in the mixed doubles before falling to Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram of South Africa.

Czink was named the Overall MVP of the event following her 6-4, 7-6 win in the women’s singles final over a hard-hitting Belarussian, Aryna Sabalenka.

The Austrian was a strong contender in Sunday’s singles final, but lost the opening set 6-4. Sabalenka started quickly in the second set, holding four of her first five service games, and broke Czink to open a 5-1 lead. Czink held serve to avoid falling behind, and then clawed back to force the tiebreaker. The Serbian has held the No. 1 ranking for several months, but lost to Czink in the semifinals.

“We have a lot of history. That’s why I couldn’t help myself,” said Czink, who has faced Sabalenka nine times before, and has won eight of those games. “I wanted to win. My goal was to win for myself today,” she said.

Czink closed out the match on her second match point, with Sabalenka hitting long on her second opportunity to rally.

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