Just 18, Dayana Yastremska now has two career WTA titles to her name. The Ukrainian 18-year-old toughed out Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(3) for the Hua Hin title Sunday.
Yastremska was down 5-2 in the third but twice the Australian Tomljanovic failed to close it out.
“The match was really tough for me,” Yastremska said. “The first set I played maximum, and the second set, I felt that I can’t play like that, like how I played the first set, and I didn’t know what’s going on. I tried my best, and I tried to do the same things I was doing in the first set, but it’s just feelings like you’re empty, completely empty. I don’t know how to describe that.”
The win moves the youngster up from 47 to No. 34.
“I don’t think right now about ranking, I think right now about how to perfect myself and improve myself, and take the experience,” said Yastremska. “If I play good, if I show a good level, I’ll get the points and I’ll get higher in the ranking. The ranking’s not the priority. But of course I’m happy to get into Top 40.”
Yastremska, who beat top seed Garbine Muguruza during the event, was on the world stage last month for tearing up at the end of a third round loss to Serena Williams at the Australian Open.
Last fall, Yastremska won her first title in Hong Kong. She has more titles than any other teen on the tour.
The 25-year-old Tomljanovic falls to 0-4 in WTA finals.
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