Trailing 6-3 4-1 against Danielle Collins in the semi-final yesterday, Maria Sakkari had raised her level to score a 3-6 7-5 6-2 triumph for the place in her first career final at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.
Maria was incapable of creating the second big comeback in a row, losing the final against the 5th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-0 in just an hour and 13 minutes, with the Romanian claiming her maiden ATP title after losing the finals in Hobart and Prague earlier this season.
These two have never played before and it was all about Buzarnescu who fends off all four break points she faced, winning almost 60% of the return points to create 10 break chances and covert five to control the scoreboard from start to finish in what has been the most one-sided WTA final of the season so far.
A left-handed Romanian held in the opening game with a service winner and a forehand drive volley winner pushed her 2-0 up, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Mihaela held at love to confirm the break and move 3-0 in front and the Greek got broken again in the next game after a terrible backhand that landed way beyond the baseline.
It was 5-0 after just 19 minutes when Mihaela closed that fifth game with a service winner and she could have sealed the set with a bagel, creating two set points in the sixth game. Sakkari repelled them with good serves and she had a chance to reduce the deficit in game seven when she created those four break points.
Buzarnescu stayed calmed, saving them all and converting the fifth set point with a service winner after 39 minutes for a 6-1. Maria never found her rhythm and she had to give the serve away at the start of the second set after a poor drop shot, moving further and further away from the title.
Mihaela broke again in game three after a double fault from her rival and she had a chance to serve for the match following yet another break in game five. She sealed the deal with an ace a few minutes later, celebrating her first TA title at the age of 30 in her best season on the Tour so far. Final result: