HOBART, Australia — American Lauren Davis has claimed a second WTA title six years after her first, beating Italian rookie Elisabetta Cocciaretto within the Hobart Worldwide ultimate.
The 29-year-old, who got here by qualifying, outlasted her youthful and higher-ranked opponent 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 on Saturday afternoon.
World No.84 Davis upset fourth seed and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens within the first spherical and did not drop a set all week.
It’s her first WTA title since successful the Auckland WTA occasion in 2017.
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Each gamers had been unable to transform a number of break level possibilities in a tense first set earlier than Davis ran by the tiebreak to like.
She stored the momentum going within the second set, breaking within the second sport.
World No.67 Cocciaretto was enjoying her maiden WTA ultimate after a robust run that includes wins over third seed Alize Cornet within the first spherical and former Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin within the semifinal.
The 21-year-old, who performed the match with strapping on her left thigh however did not seem hampered, faces reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina within the first spherical of Monday’s Australian Open.
Davis turns into the fourth qualifier prior to now 11 years to elevate the trophy in Hobart, following Mona Barthel (2012), Garbine Muguruza (2014) and Elise Mertens (2017).
She has drawn world No.54 Danka Kovinic in spherical one of many Australian Open.