Playing in just her second WTA event, Nao Hibino captured the WTA title in Tashkent today, beating Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
The 20-year-old Hibino, who didn’t lose a set all week, becomes the 10th Japanese player ever to win a WTA title after Kazuko Sawamatsu, Etsuko Inoue, Kumiko Okamoto, Naoko Sawamatsu, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Mana Endo, Ai Sugiyama, Akiko Morigami and Kurumi Nara.
The 117th ranked Hibino will move into the Top 80 and assure her a spot in the Australian Open next year. Hibino had won seven ITF level events including three this year.
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