Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and Australia’s Daria Gavrilova win ahead of US Open
Victories at ATP’s Winston-Salem Open and WTA’s Connecticut Open come just two days before the start of the grand slam at Flushing Meadows
Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and Australia’s Daria Gavrilova warmed up for the US Open by winning key warm-up titles.
Top seed Bautista Agut claimed his second ATP title of the season at the Winston-Salem Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win over first-time ATP finalist Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The triumph comes after his January victory in Chennai, and his two titles in 2017 match his career best for a season after he also won two tournaments in 2014.
“I had a great week,” he said. “I hope to continue this momentum in New York.”
The Spaniard seized early leads in each set before Dzumhur battled back.
Bautista Agut led 4-1 in the first and 3-1 in the second before the Bosnian rallied.
But 15th-ranked Bautista Agut, who didn’t drop a set all tournament, was ultimately too much for Dzumhur, whose challenge ended with a forehand long on Bautista Agut’s first match point.
“Best week for me so far,” said Dzumhur. “It was an unexpected good week for me and definitely one that I will always remember.”
Gavrilova, meanwhile, claimed her first WTA title after rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the final at New Haven.
The 23-year-old, who ousted top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals, followed up with a hard-fought triumph over second-seeded Cibulkova that saw them duel for two hours and 45 minutes on the hard courts of Connecticut.
For Gavrilova, ranked 26th in the world, it was a perfect curtain-raiser to the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year that starts on Monday in Flushing Meadows.
She denied Slovakia’s Cibulkova, ranked 11th in the world, a ninth career WTA title.
When she drilled a forehand winner to seal the victory, Gavrilova leapt into the air and tossed her racquet in celebration.
She had turned the tide in the second set with a break for 3-2, winning a marathon game that included five deuces and one rally of 30 shots.
Gavrilova will have a couple of days to savour the triumph before launching her US Open campaign against US qualifier Allie Kiick.