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Svitolina smashes her way to Brisbane International title

Svitolina smashes her way to Brisbane International title

Svitolina won five titles on the WTA tour past year, more than any other player. The third seed was staring at a potential hammering at the hands of Karolina Pliskova as she went behind 4-0 in the opening set before finding her feet to seal a 7-5 7-5 victory in an hour and 39 minutes.

The win means that Svitolina has now won six WTA titles in the last 12 months and extends her record in WTA finals to 10-2.

In doing so, the Belarussian became the only qualifier ever to reach the tournament's final. Including the last round of qualifying, Sasnovich reached the semifinals after four consecutive comeback win after her upsets of Mladenovic, Kontaveit and Cornet. Alexandra Sasnovich and Anastasija Sevastova have never played against each other yet. At 6-3, she held three set points and after Sevastova dumped a forehand into the net, the qualifier was a set to the good.

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In her ninth tour-level semifinal, Sevastova surrendered to her first defeat against a Belarusian opponent. The returner won just five points in the opening five games before Sevastova built a 15-40 lead in the sixth game, only to see Sasnovich fight off the first break point with an acute volley victor and the second courtesy of another error from the Latvian.

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.

She was far too strong for Sasnovich, who struggled to cope both with the Ukrainian's serve and her relentless barrage of groundstrokes from the back of the court.

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

But it seemed nothing was going to stop Sasnovich as she made up for lost time at Brisbane.

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