Yastremska shrugs off Garcia to claim maiden clay title

By Peter Thompson 26 May 2019 241
Yastremska shrugs off Garcia to claim maiden clay title

Dayana Yastremska came out on top in an almighty battle with Caroline Garcia to win the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Saturday.

The teenager saved a match point before going on to win her third title in eight months, beating Garcia 6-4 5-7 7-6 (7-3) in the longest WTA final of the season.

Sixth seed Yastremska's triumph was her first on clay, providing a huge tonic ahead of her first-round clash with Carla Suarez Navarro at the French Open next week.

Garcia saved two match points in the second set to ensure a tense showdown went the distance in her homeland, and the 2016 Strasbourg champion had a point to regain the title in the decider after rallying from a break down.

Yastremska stood firm to force a tie-break, though, and the 19-year-old from Ukraine finished strongly to ensure she will head to Roland Garros on a high.

It took just two minutes shy of three hours to settle what was a gripping final.

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