Rising star Aryna Sabalenka won her first WTA Tour title with victory over Carla Suarez Navarro at the Connecticut Open in New Haven.
The Belarusian has been one of the break-out stars of the season and will leap into the top 20 on Monday following her 6-1 6-4 success against Spaniard Suarez Navarro.
Sabalenka arrived in New Haven full of confidence after reaching the semi-finals in Cincinnati last week, claiming two top-10 scalps, and she has continued to steamroller her opponents.
The 20-year-old proved far too powerful for Suarez Navarro, hitting 29 winners and dominating the Spaniard’s second serve as she eased to victory in an hour and 13 minutes.
It was Sabalenka’s first win in her third final after losing to Maria Sharapova in Tianjin last year and Caroline Wozniacki in Eastbourne.
The victory will only increase Sabalenka’s status as a dark horse for the US Open and, seeded 26th, she will play her opening match on Tuesday against American Danielle Collins.