Veronika Kudermetova earned her first WTA singles title on Sunday, thrashing Montenegro's Danka Kovinic in straight sets to claim the Charleston Clay Court title in South Carolina.
Fifteenth-seeded Kudermetova dominated early on to claim a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kovinic.
The 23-year-old from Kazan defeated Kovinic in the seventh game of the second set, going 5-2 ahead, and then held on confidently and won the victory in 1 hour and 36 minutes.
"I feel so happy, amazing," Kudermetova said afterwards. "I had a lot of ups and downs, and now I'm here with the trophy," added the Russian, who did not lose a set all week in Charleston.
Sunday's title marked Kudermetova's second appearance in a final this season, losing WTA Abu Dhabi to Aryna Sabalenka in January.
Kudermetova's victory in Charleston came after a tournament in which nine of the top 10 seeds dropped out before the quarterfinals on Friday, while world number #1 Ashleigh Barty exited from the last eight.
After an exceptional week of tennis, new #Charleston champions were crowned. Watch how it all went down on Sunday finals in our highlights video.— Volvo Car Open (@VolvoCarOpen) April 11, 2021
Congratulations to our #VolvoCarOpen singles champion Veronika Kudermetova & doubles champions Nicole Melichar and Demi Schuurs! pic.twitter.com/RN1wAXT3Zh
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