Teenager Olga Danilovic lost in the qualifying, but then as a “lucky loser” into the main draw became the first player in Open Era history to win a title with such a designation, claiming the Moscow River Cup trophy.
The 17-year-old Serbian in the final beat fellow 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova, a wild card from Russia, 7-5, 6-7(1), 6-4 for her first WTA title.
“Yesterday, I said, ‘This is the final, and this is my life, this is the moment that I live for,’” Danilovic said afterwards. “Being able to win, it’s even a better feeling, and I’m so happy for it.”
Danilovic failed to close out a championship point in the second set, and in the third set came back from a break down.
She is “an amazing player,” Danilovic said of her opponent she had faced in the juniors but never on tour. “We had such an amazing final, and I think it was such big quality of the match, through all the match. We didn’t go up and down so much, we both had so many winners, we both had so many amazing points….She’s just a complete, great player.”
The left-hander managed to cross the finish line despite 46 unforced errors to 47 winners.
She closed out the victory on her fourth match point. Danilovic, who had no head shot on the WTA website even after the victory, entered the event at No 187 on the WTA rankings.
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