More than ten years after turning pro, Russian world No.68 Elena Vesnina managed to win her maiden WTA title in her seventh career final that happened at the Moorilla Hobart International against German defending champion Mona Barthel.
“It finally worked out for me. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said the 26-year-old Vesnina, whose trophies had been restricted to doubles competition, winning eight doubles titles and reaching the ranking of No.7.
Actually, Vesnina can pride herself on the highest singles ranking of No.22 and she’s been a well-known name in the tennis world for years, but somehow going all the way to the singles title used to be out of her reach. Now she can finally be at piece.
Before beating Barthel 6-3 6-4 in the Hobart final, Vesnina went past Silvia Soler-Espinosa in the first round, fourth seed Yaroslava Shvedova in the second, Jarmila Gajdosova in the quarters and eighth seed Sloane Stephens in the semifinals.
Barthel will now crack the Top 30. I’d like to mention that Barthel’s on-court clothes are designs of Denise Cronwall and the dress you can see below the cut is from the 2013 collection. I really admire Denise’s work and soon she should send me a bunch of clothing items, both old and new, for review! 😉
(photos: © Neal Trousdale, Denise Cronwall)