Svitolina smashes her way to Brisbane International title

Svitolina smashes her way to Brisbane International title

Svitolina smashes her way to Brisbane International title

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.

The Latvian was leading the tournament for points won on return (55.1%) and posted tournament-best numbers for break points saved (89.5%) and service games won (91.7%) but it didn't help her enough to reach the fifth career WTA final.

World No.88 Sasnovich of Belarus - ranked 72 spots lower than her opponent - called for a medical timeout after the first set to have new strapping applied to quell a leg complaint that has troubled her throughout the tournament.

Meanwhile top seed Caroline Wozniacki battled through two matches within the space of just over four hours to set up a final against second seed Julia Goerges at the Auckland Classic tennis tournament, Saturday.

World No.16 Sevastova looked set to make short work of Sasnovich after losing the least amount of games (13) of all the semi-finalists and was yet to drop a set this week.

Her second set against Svitolina was even tougher than the first, with the eventual champion ruthlessly jumping out to a 5-0 lead.

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Svitolina held championship point when Sasnovich sent down an ace, which survived a challenge.

But it seemed nothing was going to stop Sasnovich as she made up for lost time at Brisbane.

Svitolina's world ranking is projected to move from sixth to No. 4 on the back of her performance in Brisbane this week.

'Sorry for my play today, ' Sasnovich told the Brisbane crowd. But I tried not to think about it too much. Everyone understands that it's a lot of matches, I understand it's a lot of matches.

The Ukrainian will now take a one week break before the start of the Australian Open where she will be one of the main contenders.

"I really like to start the season like this", Sasnovich said.

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