Gutsy Yastremska outlasts Tomljanovic in epic Thailand Open final

Florence Fletcher
February 7, 2019

"I always get asked", the Australian said.

It was her second career title after she won in Hong Kong past year.

On resumption she reeled off four straight games to lead 6-5 and in the tie- break, Yastremska took full charge with some deep groundstrokes, eventually blasting a forehand victor on her first match point to wrap up the victory. The things changed in the decisive third set.

Ukrainian Yastremska was just two points from defeat at deuce in the decider, but turned it around to win the match 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-3) in two hours, 22 minutes. I knew I could manage myself to stay calm and find some power for the last couple of points. "I have to thank it before I leave", she added. "If I play good, if I show a good level, I'll get the points and I'll get higher in the ranking".

"My mother is in Ukraine".

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With Tomljanovic needing only to serve for the match, Yastremska requested for a medical timeout complaining about a problem with her left leg.

Upon winning the deciding tiebreak, Yastremska fell to the court and began sobbing on her back, reminiscent of the tears she shed after being crushed by Serena at the Australian Open 2019 round of 32 last month.

Earlier, second seeds Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu claimed the doubles crown after beating Anna Blinkova of Russian Federation and Wang Yafan of China in the title match.

They took home $12,300 (393,000 baht), while the runners-up pair won $6,400 (204,800 baht).

"This is one of the nicest tournaments I've been to so far. It's unbelievable we won the title this week", said Niculescu. A big thanks to the Thai fans.

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