Superb Svitolina Storms To Brisbane Title

Elina Svitolina Brisbane International

Svitolina stops Sasnovich, wins first title in Brisbane

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina laid down her marker as a serious contender for the Australian Open when she demolished Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1 in the Brisbane International final on Saturday.

In each set Svitolina made two breaks and held on to his service never made a problem situation.

The Ukranian third seed took advantage of an opponent playing her first top-level final, countering any brief resistance with some superb ball striking on Pat Rafter Arena to wrap up the tournament decider in 65 minutes.

She will head to Melbourne on Monday for the Australian Open after her continued success in Brisbane forced her to pull out of qualifying for the Sydney International.

Elina Svitolina sixth consecutive year, wins at least one tournament.

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After falling at the semi-final stage in her previous two attempts, Svitolina recovered from 0-4 down in the first set to win 7-5, 7-5.

Two of Svitolina's 10 aces, along with a service victor, came in the final game of the match as she wrapped up her 10th career title in 66 mintes.

Svitolina won five titles on the WTA tour a year ago, more than any other player.

"It was a tough, tough off-season", said Svitolina in an on-court interview.

The 23-year-old Minsk native knocked No. 6 seed Kristina Mladenovic out in the first round and defeated last year's runner-up Alize Cornet, ranked 50 places higher, in the quarter-finals.

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"Sorry for my play today", Sasnovich told the Brisbane crowd.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich will go up the WTA rankings thanks to her performance in Brisbane. "It was very important to use what I was working on during the offseason, and it was working", Elina admitted.

Sasnovich was playing her eighth match in nine days making her movement sluggish and slow around the court. Everyone understands that it's a lot of matches, I understand it's a lot of matches.

"I have time to prepare for the Australian Open and I hope to be ready mentally, physically, yeah, to be good there", Sasnovich said.

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