Rising star Aryna Sabalenka has claimed her first-ever WTA singles title at the Connecticut Open after a final victory over Carla Suárez Navarro on Saturday, 18 August.
Her biggest career achievement to date.
— WTA (@WTA) August 25, 2018
The 20-year-old from Belarus beat former top 10 player Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1, 6-4 to win the final WTA tuneup before the US Open.
“I am so happy with my first title. This is a great feeling,” Sabalenka shared her emotions straight after the match.
In the first second you are so happy, then you understand, ‘I have to work more because the next year I have to do it again.”
Sabalenka blasted 29 winners and showed impressive confidence, stamina and rhythm during the two-set match
The Belarusian climbed 14 spots in the world ranking last weekend, claiming her first Premier career title and entering the top 20.
Sabalenka takes home over $136,000 for the win and plans to leave the trophy at he grandma, who she credits with her success.
She has become the youngest winner in New Haven since Caroline Wozniacki took the third of her four titles in 2010.
Alexandra Sasnovich is now on the 34th line of the world ranking, Vera Lapko is 72nd, Victoria Azarenka has 79th place.
All four Belarusian athletes will fight at the 2018 US Open. The fourth tournament of the Grand Slam series starts today in New York.
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