Aliaksandra Sasnovich stuns Anastasija Sevastova to reach final — WTA Brisbane

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The strongest tennis player of Ukrainian Elina Svitolina became a champion of the WTA Premier event in Brisbane (Australia).

Svitolina beat Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1 in a lopsided night final to win her 10th title on the women's elite tour.

The Latvian was leading the tournament for points won on return (55.1%) and posted tournament-best numbers for break points saved (89.5%) and service games won (91.7%) but it didn't help her enough to reach the fifth career WTA final.

At the moment Sevastova is ranked 16th in the WTA rankings, while Sasnovich is ranked 88th.

The 23-year-old extended an apology to the crowd after the one-sided affair. She made no such mistake in the final, breaking Sasnovich at the first time of asking to move into a 3-0 lead.

Both players would hold comfortably as the second set began.

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Following the match, Sasnovich spoke about her expectations at the beginning of the week: "I already said that in the beginning of the tournament I couldn't even imagine that I will be in the final".

Kyrgios came back from losing the first set to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and set up a decider against American Ryan Harrison. Despite being clearly jaded after playing eight matches in nine days, Sasnovich continued to fight.

Elina Svitolina got the ideal boost ahead of the Australian Open by lifting the Brisbane International title with a 6-2 6-1 win over qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

She will head to Melbourne on Monday for the Australian Open after her continued success in Brisbane forced her to pull out of qualifying for the Sydney International.

Svitolina won five titles on the WTA tour a year ago, more than any other player.

Moving up to world no.4 with this victory, the Ukrainian now hopes to reach the latter stages of the first Grand Slam of the year.

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