Hats off to Australia’s Astra Sharma, who has scored the biggest win of her career to claim her first WTA singles title, in her second tour final.
Sharma overcame top seed Ons Jabeur 2-6 7-5 6-1 in the WTA 250 Charleston final which was also her first-ever victory against a top 30-ranked opponent.
In a final that went just under 2 hours, it was the deciding set where the 25 year old stamped her authority on the match breaking the Tunisian’s serve four times in a row, where her confidence was sky high after claiming a tough 2nd set.
Whilst having 14 less winners than her opponent, it was Sharma’s unforced errors that were once again under control with just 15 for the match compared to her opponent’s 27. The kick serve worked to great effect again, a big key to her Charleston title run, the ground game was strong and her athleticism was on full display covering the court against a player who loves to play the drop shot frequently.
“I just kept backing myself,” Sharma said of how she turned the match around. “She’s obviously playing super well and I wasn’t really finding the court. I was getting wrong-footed and she was making me look a little silly. I just tried to do my best and try and read what she was doing.”
Sharma, came into the tournament ranked No.165, her win will take her to 120 in the world in the new weekly rankings.
“The level of play was great from me for the whole week, so I’m just really happy,” Sharma said.
American combination Hailey Baptiste and Catherine McNally won the doubles title, overcoming Aussie pairing Ellen Perez and Storm Sanders 6-7(4) 6-4 [10-6] in a hard-fought final.
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