Ukraine's Elina Svitolina wins Brisbane International

Marsha Scott
January 7, 2018

Elina Svitolina got the flawless boost ahead of the Australian Open by lifting the Brisbane International title with a 6-2 6-1 win over qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Sevastova would immediately answer as from 30-all Sasnovich double-faulted and a backhand error put the set back on serve at 4-3.

But Svitolina just poured more pressure on, breaking Sasnovich again to convert her second set point with a classy backhand victor.

In her ninth tour-level semifinal, Sevastova surrendered to her first defeat against a Belarusian opponent.

In the tiebreak, Sasnovich got off to a quick start, earning the first mini-break with another backhand victor for a 2-0 lead.

Trailing early in the contest, Svitolina reeled off seven of the next eight games to take the first set.

However, it was a minor reprieve as Svitolina held serve to love to claim her 10th title in just 65 minutes.

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Sasnovich earned her first deuce in the third game of the set but could still not do enough to earn a break point and Svitolina duly responded by breaking the Belorussian to move 4-0 ahead. Serving for the match, Sasnovich held a 40-15 lead only to see Sevastova save the first match point, but a forehand victor on the second clinched the win for the 88th-ranked Belarussian.

'Sorry for my play today, ' Sasnovich told the Brisbane crowd. I just tried to relax a little.

"It was tough. Elina was playing very good, but I can play much better". The title is forever.

"Maybe some people forget (the losing finalist), but the victor, no one". We'll see tomorrow, but I'm happy with my result.

"Svitolina is a really good player", the Belarussian assessed."She is a Top 10 player".

"I have time to prepare for the Australian Open and I hope to be ready mentally, physically, yeah, to be good there", Sasnovich said. "No pressure on me".

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