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How Sabalenka won her first singles title

On Sunday, November 26, Aryna Sabalenka (WTA No96) won her first WTA title in the singles. In the final of the L&T Mumbai Open (WTA 125K Series, prize fund $115,000) Aryna was stronger than Dalila Jakupović (252) from Slovenia, 6:2, 6:3.

The Belarusian, seeded first in the tournament, led from the beginning and was 4:2 ahead when the most protracted game of the match took place. Aryna's opponent could make a break three times, but the 19-year-old Minsker did not allow her to do that. Sabalenka in the end won the set 6:3, in 31 minutes.

After a short break between the sets, the 26-year-old Dalila Jakupović, a native of Jesenice, could turn the play around and was only one game behind 3:4. The key moment was the 8th game when Sabalenka clung to every ball and pulled off a victory in the game, leading 5:3. Ahead was a serve for the match.

The tennis player from Slovenia, who is the third best player of her country, fought until the last moment and even earned a break point and the opportunity to return the intrigue to the match. However, Aryna coped with the excitement and brought the match to a victory from the very first match ball, 6:2, 6:3.

The winner made 3 aces with one double error, made 4 break-points out of 8 and won 72% of points from the second serve. 64 to 44 is the overall ratio of the points won in the match - in favor of Sabalenka.

The 19-year-old champion had to defeat five players on her way to his main trophy in the singles:

1st round: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 7:5, 6:1 Priscilla Hon (214)
2nd round: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 6:7 (5), 6:2, 7:6 (4) Lu Jiajing (207)
1/4 finals: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 6:4, 6:2 Naomi Broady (117)
1/2 finals: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 6:2, 6:3 Amandine Hesse (265)
Final: Aryna Sabalenka (96) 6:2, 6:3 Dalila Jakupović (252)

The victory in India allowed Aryna to regain the title of the top tennis player of Belarus: on Monday in the updated rating of WTA Sabalenka became 73rd, taking her highest position.

The tennis player from Minsk had a perfect second part of the season, progressing from tournament to tournament:

September - Tashkent Open (International, $ 226,750) - 1/2 finals
October - Tianjin Open (International, $ 426,750) - final
November - Fed Cup Final - victory over world No.13 Sloane Stephens
November - Taipei OEC Open (125K Series, $ 115,000) - WTA title in the doubles
November - L&T Mumbai Open (125K Series, $ 115,000) - WTA title in the singles

How Sabalenka won her first singles title