"It was a very tough match, very difficult," Dodin said after the win. "She plays very well, and runs everywhere! I'm just trying to improve my game so I'm there for every point, focus on my serve. That helped me so much in this match."
Dodin twice reached the second round of major tournaments in 2015, but coming into this week in Québec, the fearless Frenchwoman had never won a main draw match outside the Grand Slams - though she did reach the semifinals of a WTA 125K Series event in Limoges.
"It's very special for me. This is a very nice tournament; I feel like I'm in France because the people are very friendly and supportive of me! Everyone was with me today and that helps so much when it's a tough score."
? Jean-Philippe Martin (@JPMartin_RC) September 18, 2016
But the 19-year-old got on a roll once she upset No.5 seed Naomi Broady, dropping just one more set en route to the title. Hitting 31 winners to just 26 unforced errors against Davis on Sunday, Dodin converted six of 10 break point chances and brought her aggressive ground game to net a whopping 26 times - winning 16 of those points. Up a set and a break, things started to tighten, but Dodin kept in front until the very end.
"After the first set, I started thinking, 'One set and you're going to win this tournament,' so I started getting a little bit nervous and at 3-0, 40-0, I was like, 'Oh my god!' She made a little comeback, so at the end I was very nervous.
"I was thinking, 'You can't play a third set, so you absolutely have to win the second.' My coach has helped me so much with the mental side, and I saw him like, 'Go, go, go!' So I'm very happy with myself."
With the win, Dodin is set to crack the Top 100 for the first time in her career, and is the first teenager to win a WTA title in 2016. She received congratulations from countrywoman Caroline Garcia soon after:
Despite the loss, it was still a great week for Davis, who reached her second career WTA final in the last two months, having also finished runner-up at the Citi Open. Back in the Top 100 herself, Davis is opting to skip the Asian swing, planning instead to play the slate of indoor tournaments in Europe, primarily Linz and Luxembourg, before season's end.
"I've gotten a lot of matches under my belt, and so I'm feeling a lot of confidence. Going into next season, I'm looking forward to playing even better."
While youth prevailed in singles, it was a battle between four experience doubles players as top seeds and two-time Grand Slam champions Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka outlasted Russians Alla Kudryavtseva and Alexandra Panova in a pair of tie-breaks, 7-6(2), 7-6(2).
"With the no-ad scoring and super tie-breaks, it's very rare to get an easy match on the WTA tour these days," Hlavackova said after the win. "So that experience helped today; we didn't have a good record in tie-breaks, super tie-breaks, or no-ads before Québec, so we took this tournament to try to change that. We did, and we're very happy about it."
Hlavackova and Hradecka now move up to No.5 on the Road to Singapore leaderboard, with a good chance of qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for a second straight year.
"We've played together for so long that not every week can be perfect. But this week was proof that if you're having fun, you have good results. I hope we can take this momentum into Asia."