BOL, Croatia - Unseeded Slovenian Tamara Zidansek capped a 'dream week' at the Croatia Bol Open on Sunday, defeating No.2 seed Magda Linette to win her first WTA 125K title, 6-1, 6-3.
In addition to claiming her first career title at the level, Zidansek will crack the world's Top 100 for the first time in Monday's rankings, rising from World No.122 to World No.96.
The 20-year-old Slovenian dropped just one set over the course of the week, in the second round against last year's finalist Alexandra Cadantu, and dispatched three seeded players on her run.
She upended No.3 seed Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round, and No.5 seed and Bogota champion Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the quarterfinals.
"A dream week is behind me," Zidansek said after the match. "I kept on improving through the week, from beating Tomljanovic in the first round until the finals, and I played great. This is my first [WTA 125] title, I will remember Bol all my life."
The Slovenian, who had already defeated Linette this clay court season at the Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, proved dominant for nearly the duration of the final victory, but the No.2 seed made a push late in the second set.
The Polish No.2 saved three match points from 40-0 down as Zidansek served for the match, eventually winning eight points in a row to give herself three opportunities to get the match back on serve.
However, the Slovenian steadied, and won six of the last seven points to pocket victory in one hour and 32 minutes.
"I was hoping it would be different," Linette said after the match. "But Tamara did great and deserves this title."
In the doubles final, No.4 seeds Mariana Duque-Mariño and Wang Yafan defeated unseeded Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Barbora Stefkova, 6-3, 7-5.