REUTERS - Unseeded Australian Daria Gavrilova upset Slovakian second seed Dominika Cibulkova 4-6 6-3 6-4 at the Connecticut Open on Saturday for her first career WTA Tour title and a timely confidence boost ahead of the U.S. Open.
Gavrilova, riding high after stunning top-seeded defending champion Agnieska Radwanska in the semis, sealed the nearly three-hour match on her third championship point with a stinging forehand from well behind the baseline that was just out of reach of her world number 11 opponent.
After dropping the first set, the 23-year-old Australian roared back and ultimately levelled the match on her third set point when she broke Cibulkova with a forehand winner.
The victory capped a remarkable week for Gavrilova, who ground out tough wins over Czech Kristyna Pliskova and Hungary’s Timea Babos before raising her game in straight-sets dismissals of Belgian Kirsten Flipkens and Radwanska.
Gavrilova will face American qualifier Allie Kiick in the U.S. Open first round on Monday.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond