After Marta Kostyuk, Dayana Yastremska and Katarina Zavatska, Ukraine has got another super talented youngster that will almost certainly achieve the big things in the future, as the 15-year-old Dasha Lopateskaya won her second professional title on Sunday from as many tournaments she has played in a young career so far! We were writing about Dasha for the first time a month and a half ago when she made her pro debut at $15,000 Antalya event as a qualifier, winning all five main draw matches to become the first player born in 2003 with a pro title.
On this week's WTA rankings list there are only six girls born in 2003 with three WTA points, and Lopatetskaya stands as their leader, confirming her quality once again after winning the second title at $15,000 Baja event in Hungary to secure her place in the Top 750! Between these two pro tournaments, Dasha has played on the ITF junior circuit, much more suited for her young age, and she has cracked the Top 100 after a few good results, returning to pro waters this week and claiming another title to stand at a perfect 10-0 score in the main draw matches on the professional level so far.
In the semis, Dasha took down an unranked German Julia Kimmelmann 6-1 6-1 and she proved to be too strong for the 22-year-old Romanian Cristina Ene in the title match, scoring a 6-1 6-4 triumph in an hour and 14 minutes to continue her outstanding run in the last six weeks or so.
The youngster served at 71% and she saved five out of eight break points to neutralize those three breaks easily in the return games. Dasha was the dominant figure on the return like in most of her matches, and she grabbed six breaks from nine chances to keep the control over the scoreboard and bring the match home without too many troubles.
It was the best possible start for the Ukrainian, losing one point on serve in games one and three and breaking in games two and four to forge a commanding 4-0 advantage in no time at all. Ene managed to reduce the deficit with a break in game five but she was powerless in her games, getting broken again in game six and allowing Dasha to complete the set with a hold in the next game for a 6-1 after 25 minutes.
The Romanian finally made a good hold at the start of the second set to end her downfall and she broke in game two for her first lead of the match. Dasha broke back in the next game but she was 3-1 down after suffering another break in game four, unable to play on the same level from the opening set.
Nonetheless, Ene lost serve again in game five and Lopatetskaya was on the role, earning another break in game seven to open up a 5-3 advantage after holding in the eighth game. The Romanian saved a match point on own serve in game nine but Dasha sealed the deal with a hold after a deuce in the game that followed to pick up her second professional crown and make another giant step in the rankings at such a young age.