The first week of WTA tour play meant a first-ever title for diminutive American Lauren Davis, the No. 8 seed, who in the final defeated former world No. 1 junior Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-1 for the ASB Classic crown in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 5-foot-2 Davis came out slugging, while the 19-year-old Konjuh’s game was plagued by unforced errors and double faults.
The two had met two years ago in Auckland, where the 23-year-old American had won in three sets.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for quite a few years,” said Davis, who was 0-2 in WTA finals last year. “It’s definitely surreal. I had two finals last year, and it was definitely discouraging and frustrating. But I guess third time’s the charm.”
Konjuh handed Davis the championship with a double fault on match point.
“Of course I’m disappointed to lose in a final, but it’s not a bad way to start the season,” Konjuh said. “But great job to Lauren, you played unbelievable and put every ball in the right place.”
The 5-foot-9 Croat was appearing in her second WTA final after winning Nottingham in 2015.
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