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

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 August, 2017, 12:06pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 August, 2017, 12:06pm

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.