Pune Gallery: Elina's Indian Breakthrough
Two WTA $125 events, two teenaged champions - Elina Svitolina was all smiles over the weekend.
Published November 11, 2012 12:00
After Saturday's doubles final, the finalists and everyone who helped make the week great posed for a photo.
And then it was time for the singles final on Sunday evening, but not before some pre-match performances.
After a singer entertained the pre-final crowd at the Royal Indian Open, a troupe of dancers did the same.
Kimiko Date-Krumm took center court to take on Elina Svitolina, with a huge experience gap between the two.
Kimiko Date-Krumm was already No.7 in the world the day Elina Svitolina was born - but it didn't hold her back.
Elina Svitolina mixed in some big serves with some feathery touch and angles to beat Kimiko Date-Krumm, 62 63.
Elina Svitolina won the French Open juniors at age 15 and is now making her mark in the seniors at age 18.
Elina Svitolina fired 25 aces in her five matches in Pune, including 10 in the semifinals and six in the final.
Elina Svitolina's best results before this were four ITF Circuit titles, the biggest of which was a $50,000.
Now Elina Svitolina has a WTA $125 title - a new stream of WTA-sanctioned events with $125,000 of prize money.
Elina Svitolina and Kimiko Date-Krumm posed with their trophies after the Royal Indian Open singles final.
Both WTA $125s have now been won by teens, Kristina Mladenovic in Taipei last week, now Elina Svitolina in Pune.