Dane Clara Tauson earned the first title of her career at age 18 on Sunday, winning the WTA Lyon event 6-4, 6-1 over Victorija Golubic in a battle of qualifiers.

The last time two qualifiers met in a WTA final was 2017 Tokyo.

Tauson, ranked 139 to her Swiss opponent No. 130, spent 89 minutes in her victory in France’s good eating capital, winning with seven aces and six breaks of serve.

The new champion tacked on another defeat of Golubic after defeating her already this season at a minor ITF tournament; Tauson won seven of the last eight games to lift the trophy.

The heir to Denmark’s 2018 Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki has been making a solid impression in recent months.

Despite sharing the same nationality with her retired 30-year-old compatriot,  Tauson is all about finding her own way in the game.

“I played two or three tournaments where she was and we spoke, but she lives in the U.S. so it’s not like we got to practise,” she told the WTA website.

“She was the only one who’s really got to the top from Denmark so she was important, of course.

“But we grew up in two different times. Danish tennis right now is not too huge and I hope I can inspire people to play tennis – it’s a good sport.”

Tauson’s first-round upset this week of tournament top seed Ekaterina Alexandrova was the second time in half a year that she has come out of qualies to defeat a Top 50 player after ambushing Jennifer Brady in a Grand Slam debut upset at Roland Garros in September.

The player who trains in Belgium at the Justin Henin academy won the junior title at the Australian Open in 2019.

Main photo :- Clara Tauson winning her maiden WTA Title in Lyon – by WTATour/ 6me Sens


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