Hua Hin - Ukrainian
Dayana Yastremska won the Thailand Open on Sunday with a hard-fought
victory, battling past Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/3).
The overtime thriller in the seaside city of Hua Hin gave the 18-year-old her second WTA title.
After dominating the first set, eighth seed Yastremska faced some
strong returns from the 25-year-old Tomljanovic, who took the second set
to level the match.
A fierce rally in the final moments of the third set pushed the final into a tie-breaker.
Yastremska sealed her win with a searing forehand after a tense two hours and 22 minutes.
The Ukrainian teen burst into tears and collapsed on the floor, and
then put her hands together in a traditional Thai greeting to
acknowledge the cheering crowd.
"I was always trying to play the same as you," she said to Tomljanovic in the post-match interview.
The 47th-ranked Yastremska dedicated her win to her mother, who had to return to Ukraine for an operation.
The victory capped an impressive run in the inaugural $250 000
tournament for Yastremska, who dispatched top seed Garbine Muguruza in
Both finalists - who first faced each other in the China Open
qualifiers last year - were in top form in Thailand, not dropping a set
until the final.