Danish teenager Tauson beats Golubic to win maiden WTA title in Lyon
07 Mar 2021
Clara Tauson poses with her trophy following her victory over Vikorija Golubic in their Lyon WTA tournament final on Sunday. AFP
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Danish teenager Clara Tauson clinched her first career title in style, beating Viktorija Golubic 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Lyon Open without dropping a set after coming through two qualifying rounds.
World ranked 139 Tauson saw off Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic 6-4, 6-1 to guarantee a top 100 debut on Monday.
Tauson was playing in just her third main draw and with Sunday's win confirmed her status as one of the sport's in-form players.
The final between the two qualifiers was even until Tauson reeled off six straight games, after Golubic had broken back to trail 5-4 when Tauson served for the first set.
The 18-year-old Tauson broke straight back to take it and was 5-0 up in the second when her Swiss opponent finally won another game.
Tauson entered the final with a strong advantage in serve, too, with 25 aces compared to just one for Golubic, and she added seven more to make it 32 overall at the tournament. Golubic broke Tauson three times, only to drop her own serve six times.
The 139th-ranked Tauson is a former Australian Open junior champion and became the first Dane to top the world junior rankings in 2019. Her performance in Lyon is even more impressive considering she faced top-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round.
The 28-year-old Golubic, ranked 130th, was in her third career final and first since losing at Linz, Austria, in October 2016. Golubic won her only career title in July that year, on home clay at Gstaad, and ended it with a career high ranking of 57. She was two points away from defeat with second-seeded Fiona Ferro serving for the match in their semifinal on Saturday.