Australian Astra Sharma has missed out on a maiden WTA title after succumbing to a spirited fightback from fellow rookie Amanda Anisimova at the Copa Colsanitas in Colombia.
With the win in Bogota, Anisimova earned 280 points and jumped over 20 spots in the rankings to No. 54. The winners from Astra's end refused the American to begin her ascendancy in the championship match.
- Anisimova, at age 17 years, 226 days, is the youngest American to win a WTA title since Serena Williams took home the trophy at Indian Wells in 1999, at the age of 17 years, 169 days old.
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He said: "We lost probably the most influential player early in the tournament during the first game against Canada ". Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video "Going into the finals is always going to be hard ".
She also reached the championship match a year ago in Hiroshima, where she fell to Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei.
Polish 17-year-old Iga Swiatek was almost flawless in her semifinal against the Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 victory in Lugano, Switzerland, to reach her first career final.
A year ago, Anisimova was well outside the Top 100, she'll now climb into the Top 55. She's played in Paris just once before, a first-round loss in 2017. She also reached the fourth round at the Australian Open earlier this year, upsetting No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka in the Round of 32 before losing to Kvitova. Hercog is seeking the third title of her career and her first since July of 2012 (Swedish Open).
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"I definitely got a lot of confidence from it, and hopefully it will bring me more experience ahead of the clay court season this year".
"I love Bogota, obviously, it's playing really well this week".
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