Clara Tauson announced her arrival on the WTA Tour Sunday capturing her first tile defeating fellow qualifier Viktorija Golubic 6-4, 6-1 in the Lyon final.
“I think I’ve been really solid, especially after the first set, I’ve come out good in every single match,” Tauson said. “I just kept my game going. It’s been a weird week like that, normally I have some fall-outs, but I haven’t had any of those this week, so I’m very happy with that.”
The 18-year-old from Denmark didn’t surrender a single set en route to the title seeing just one 5-all set in seven matches. While the field wasn’t deep she scored her lone Top 70 win of the event stunning No. 1 seed and World No. 33 Ekatarina Alexandrova in the first round.
Tauson, who had the qualify just to get into the main draw, will see her ranking rise from No. 139 to inside the Top 100.
Tauson, who failed to qualify for the Australian Open, made her Grand Slam debut at the French where after qualifying she beat Jennifer Brady in the first round 9-7 in the third.
“I think when I play like this, like I’ve done the whole week, I can beat good players,” she said. “Of course, it’s not every week that I play like this for seven matches. I don’t want to say it’s easy because I’ve worked so hard for this. That it’s coming now is more surprising.”
Tauson joins Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff and Amanda Anisimova as current teens with WTA tour-level singles titles.
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