Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
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Tomljanovic dispatches Zidansek, moves to Thailand Open final


Yastremska, who claimed the championship at Hong Kong just four months ago, broke for a 2-0 lead in the decider but after losing the next five games to trail 2-5, called for a trainer to treat her left leg.

This time, however, the tears were for all the right reasons, as the youngster came back from 5-2 down in the final set to clinch win her second career WTA singles.

Yastremska defeated Australian player Ajla Tomljanovic, seven years her senior at 25, in the final at Hua Hin, coming back from a first set loss to win 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (3) and clinch the freakish Dolphin-shaped trophy, and move up to world number 34 in the ATP rankings on Monday. "I had to hit winners as she was consistent at the baseline".

"I was always trying to play the same as you", she said to Tomljanovic in the post-match interview.

"I asked for power and energy to play in the match". The teenager won the opener 6-2, but then she lost the second set with the same scoreline. When play resumed, both players held serve until the 10th game when Yastremska powered a forehand service return victor to take the set.


But Tomljanovic's nerve failed her when it mattered most as she twice surrendered serve to Yastremska.

Some went as far as to say the 18-year-old had cheated.

The 18-year-old is experiencing an fantastic ascent in her young career during the last few months.

Tomljanovic looked shattered by the result and gave her opponent a quick handshake near her chair rather than meeting her at the net.

"I would like to thank my partner Irina-Camelia for playing so well during this tournament".

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