In a final that saw two of the WTA tour’s rising star collide, it was 19-year-old Elina Svitolina who reigned supreme after the two-set contest in Baku. The Ukrainian youngster retained the maiden title she won at this event last year with a strong win against Bojana Jovanovski.
The world No. 37, who had dropped just one set all week in Baku, was clearly the stronger competitor from the start of the contest, as she breezed through the opening frame in 22 minutes. The second set would see no breaks of serve, as Jovanovski began to find her rhythm on serve and forced a tiebreak. Svitolina quickly pounced on the opportunity to take a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak and closed out the match 6-1, 7-6(2).
According to the WTATennis.com, Svitolina is also the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Ahead of the entertaining final, British No. 1 Heather Watson and Alexandra Panova toppled third seeds Raluca Olaru and Shahar Peer in straight sets to lift their first ever doubles title as a duo. While the opening set was a quick 6-2 affair, Watson and Panova needed to save two set points in the second set before closing the match out in a tiebreak.
Watson now holds three doubles titles, while Panova has four.