Dayana Yastremska thumps Anastasia Potapova in Rome for the third pro title


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Dayana Yastremska thumps Anastasia Potapova in Rome for the third pro title

The strongest ITF tournament of the week has been staged at the Circolo Antico Tiro a Volo club in Rome and two super talented youngsters have met in the title match. An 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska, one of the leading players born in 2000, has defeated her friend and a former doubles partner Anastasia Potapova 6-1 6-0 to claim her third professional title and the second at the $60,000 category. Two years ago Potapova defeated Yastremska in junior Wimbledon final and they won the title in Prague last year together, playing for another big title on Sunday that was in Yastremska's hand from the very first game.

The Ukrainian was the second seed in Rome and she played on a very high level, never losing a set in five matches and demolishing Potapova in under 40 minutes to become the champion! Dayana served at 78% and she had the upper hand in every segment of the game, pushing hard on both serve and return to spring towards the finish line, hoping for more of the same in Budapest next week.

Yastremska held at love in the opening game and she grabbed the break in game two with a backhand down the line winner, cementing it after a service winner a few minutes later for a 3-0 lead. Potapova lost serve again in game four but she pulled one break back in the next game to reduce the deficit and get her name on the scoreboard.

Still, that was pretty much all we saw from her, as Yastremska broke her again in game six with a return winner and clinched the set after a service winner in the game that followed. The Russian couldn't find her range and she lost serve again at the start of the second set, trailing 2-0 when Dayana hit another service winner in game two.

Nothing changed in the rest of the set and the Ukrainian scored another break in game three to increase her lead, firing a forehand winner to win the next game as well and create a huge 6-1 4-0 gap. Anastasia suffered yet another break in game five and she created two break chances on the return in game six when Yastremska served for the win.

Two winners from Yastremska kept her in the game and she sealed the deal after a poor drop shot from Potapova to celebrate the title and valuable 100 WTA points. ALSO READ: How to lose a set in 16 minutes? Ask Nick Kyrgios