French teenager Oceane Dodin and 24-year-old American Christina McHale won WTA titles over the weekend, both career firsts.
Dodin won her first-ever WTA title, at the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City beating American Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-3 in the final.
Dodin said she enjoyed the “home cooking” in Quebec City.
“I’m just very, very happy to be in my first final,” said the 18-year-old Frenchwoman after the semifinals. She had never before won a WTA-level match, aside from advancing into the second round at Grand Slams. “It’s a pleasure to be here in Quebec. It’s like France so it helped me so much!”
Word. I’ve been there, and even though it’s in Canada, people get in your face and get shitty if you don’t speak French. Viva la France!
During the week she upset No. 5 seed Naomi Broady, and is projected to enter the Top 100 for the first time.
Davis dropped to 0-2 in finals, both in 2016.
McHale won her career-first title at the Japan Women’s Open, coming from a set down to defeat Katerina Siniakova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, benefiting from a timely rain delay.
“I don’t even want to put my trophy down — I just want to hold it all the time,” McHale said. “I’ve been coming to this tournament for a few years now and I really love it here. Thanks to all the fans and everyone here for sticking through all the rain delays — we’ve had a few, especially today!”
McHale improved to 1-1 in career finals, while Siniakova fell to 0-2 in finals, both reached this year.
“I’m here in the final for the second time and unfortunately it was really tough for me, so I’m a little sad,” said the Czech. “But Christina played really well, so congratulations to her.”
McHale went five sets in all five of her matches during the event.
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