Thailand Open: Dayana Yastremska battles past Ajla Tomljanovic to clinch her second WTA title

  • Dayana Yastremska won the Thailand Open on Sunday with a hard-fought victory, battling past 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 Yastremska her second WTA title.

  • Yastremska burst into tears and collapsed on the floor, and then put her hands together in a traditional Thai greeting to acknowledge the cheering crowd.

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 Yastremska her second WTA title.

 Thailand Open: Dayana Yastremska battles past Ajla Tomljanovic to clinch her second WTA title

Dayana Yastremska poses with her trophy after defeating Ajla Tomljanovic in the final of the WTA Thailand Open. AFP

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 the quarter-finals.

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.

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Updated Date: Feb 03, 2019 21:11:32 IST