Connecticut Open: Daria Gavrilova claims maiden WTA title with hard-fought win over Dominika Cibulkova
Gavrilova, who ousted top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals, beat second-seeded Cibulkova in a duel that lasted two hours and 45 minutes on the hard courts of Connecticut.
New York: Australia's Daria Gavrilova claimed her first WTA title on Saturday, rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the final at New Haven.
The 23-year-old, who ousted top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals, followed up with a hard-fought triumph over second-seeded Cibulkova that saw them duel for two hours and 45 minutes on the hard courts of Connecticut.
For Gavrilova, ranked 26th in the world, it was a perfect curtain-raiser to the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year that starts on Monday in Flushing Meadows.
She denied Slovakia's Cibulkova, ranked 11th in the world, a ninth career WTA title.
When she drilled a forehand winner to seal the victory, Gavrilova leapt into the air and tossed her racquet in celebration.
She had turned the tide in the second set with a break for 3-2, winning a marathon game that included five deuces and one rally of 30 shots.
Gavrilova will have a couple of days to savor the triumph before launching her US Open campaign against US qualifier Allie Kiick.
Gavrilova could face fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina in the third round.
After being forced to shut out fans last year due to Covid-19, the tournament will begin selling tickets for the 30 August - 12 September showdown at Flushing Meadows to the public on 15 July.
The 23-year-old four-time Grand Slam winner said following her withdrawal from the French Open that she was taking some time out of the game as she battles depression and anxiety.
Cornet, currently 63rd in the world, dug deep to seal a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Spain's two-time Grand Slam winner Muguruza, now ranked 13th, after almost three hours on court.