Mihaela Buzarnescu defeats Maria Sakkari in San Jose to win her first WTA title


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Romanian tennis player 30-year-old Mihaela Buzarnescu won her first WTA title and a place in the top 20 after she scored victory at the Silicon Valley Classic against Greek 23yo Maria Sakkari whom she dominated all game long, 6-1 6-0.

Buzarnescu grabbed five games in a row in the first set, while breaking twice before the Greek managed to nail down one of her own.

During the second, Buzarnescu won a further three break points to seal the win in one hour, 13 minutes.

Now, I think I believe in everything. I started to believe that I could play good when I qualified for the US Open last year. Everything’s (been) better and better for me. I’ll just try to focus for each tournament and each game as I did before.Maybe people will look differently at me now, but I don’t want to change anything… just think of the good moments, and play,” she told WTA.

Number five seed Buzarnescu entered the San Jose tour having previously reached two finals this season; losing to Petra Kvitova in Prague in April and Elise Mertens in Hobart in January.

The current victory will see her rise up the WTA rankings from 24th to 20th to become the second Romanian in the grouping, along with world number one Simona Halep.

Halep congratulated her compatriot on Twitter, saying: “So happy for you, Miki! Welcome to the Top 20”.

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