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Qualifier Lauren Davis wins in Hobart, Belinda Bencic takes Adelaide title

Lauren Davis returned to the winner’s circle for the primary time in six years after the American qualifier beat Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto 7-6(0) 6-2 within the remaining of the Hobart Worldwide on Saturday.

Davis, who gained her maiden title in Auckland in 2017, got here by means of two qualifiers earlier than storming into the ultimate and gained the trophy with out dropping a set.

Cocciaretto, 21, had downed former Hobart Worldwide and Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in three units to succeed in the ultimate.

Davis saved two set factors within the opening set after which breezed by means of the tiebreak with out dropping a degree earlier than breaking early within the second to beat her youthful opponent.

“I have a lot of emotions going through my body right now. I’m just really happy, really excited. I really had to play my best in order to win today.”

The 29-year-old American, who faces Danka Kovinic within the Australian Open first spherical, turned the fourth qualifier to win the title in Hobart after Germany’s Mona Barthel, Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and Belgian Elise Mertens.

Within the Adelaide tune-up event, Swiss Belinda Bencic broke Daria Kasatkina seven instances within the remaining to win 6-0 6-2 and declare her eighth profession title after each gamers had obtained walkovers within the semis.

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Tokyo Olympics champion Bencic didn’t face a single break level within the 67-minute contest whereas she additionally gained the primary eight video games in a row.

Bencic is the twelfth seed on the Australian Open and begins her marketing campaign towards Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova whereas eighth seed Kasatkina faces Russian compatriot Varvara Gracheva.

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