Lauren Davis of America captured her first WTA title, when she defeated 8th seed, Ana Konjuh from Croatia 6-3 6-1 at the ASB Classic in Auckland earlier today.
The unseeded diminutive Davis, had sailed past three seeded players en route to the final – Kiki Bertens, Barbora Strycova and Jelena Ostapenko and was a surprise advancer considering the strong field, which included the multiple Grand Slam winning sisters, Venus and Serena Williams as well as Caroline Wozniacki.
Konjuh was no match for Davis during their 71 minute final today, with the American putting pressure on the Croatian player from the onset, forcing her to make several mistakes in an attempt to get the upper hand.
The 23 year old, who turned pro in January 2011, had previously enjoyed some ITF success by winning seven titles between 2010 and 2013.
Her best 2016 WTA results were two final appearances – Citi Open in Washington and the Tournoi de Québec in Canada.