In the first WTA final of her career, Lesia Tsurenko managed to rally back late in the opening set before dominating the remainder of the final against Poland’s Urszula Radwanska to lift her maiden title in Istanbul.
Both players were unseeded in the final – a rare occurrence on the WTA tour. Tsurenko took out sixth seed Daria Gavrilova early in the tournament while Radwanska beat Jelena Jankovic and Tsvertana Pironkova in the quarter-final.
In the end, Tsurenko managed to complete her week in fantastic fashion with a solid 7-5, 6-1 victory in one hour and 32 minutes of court time.
“When I saw the draw it looked tough, but I believe that if you go to a tournament you can win it,” Tsurenko said. “You have to think like this. And I’m so happy I could win here and show good tennis. “That’s my goal, getting good results and showing good tennis.”
Radwanska is now 0-2 in WTA finals and was in her first final since 2012.
The doubles crown was awarded to Elina Svitolina and Daria Gavrilova who beat Jankovic and Cagla Buyukakcay 5-7, 6-1, 10-4.
“Beating the top seeds in the second round was a good win for us, and it got us on the right track. We were getting more and more confident after that,” Gavrilova said afterwards. “Today we weren’t happy we lost the first set, but from there we kicked on and kept fighting, and that’s what got us the title.”