Sevastova fails to advance to final of Brisbane WTA

Catherine Bellis in action in Brisbane

Elina Svitolina got her 2018 season off to a flying start after winning the Brisbane International title.

3 seed proved too big a challenge for Sasnovich of Belarus, who had claimed some major scalps through the tournament despite being ranked 88th in the world.

Svitolina beat Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1 in a lopsided night final to win her 10th title on the women's elite tour.

In the semi-final against Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina had made a sluggish start, quickly finding herself 4-0 down.

The 23-year-old extended an apology to the crowd after the one-sided affair. She raced to a 3-0 lead before 23-year-old Belarusian Sasnovich found her range with some lethal backhands and briefly threatened to make it a contest.

But Svitolina just poured more pressure on, breaking Sasnovich again to convert her second set point with a classy backhand victor.

Svitolina held championship point when Sasnovich sent down an ace, which survived a challenge. Svitolina pounced, breaking her again and wrapping up the set in 31 minutes. Errors began to flow from the Sasnovich racket as Svitolina continued to return every ball hard and deep.

She will play the victor of Friday night's semi-final between second seed and defending champion Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic and world No.6 Elina Svitolina.

Kyrgios came back from losing the first set to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and set up a decider against American Ryan Harrison.

After another routine service game, Sasnovich served to stay in the match.

She will head to Melbourne on Monday for the Australian Open after her continued success in Brisbane forced her to pull out of qualifying for the Sydney International.

She had stunned sixth seed Kristina Mladenovic in the opening round and defeated last year's runner-up Alize Cornet in the quarter-finals before battling past Anastasija Sevastova in the last four.


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