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Lauren Davis wins WTA Auckland Classic

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017

Unseeded American Lauren Davis is the 2017 ASB Classic women's champion after defeating eighth-seeded Ana Konjuh 6-3 6-1 on Saturday.

The final was one-way traffic from the get-go, as the ultra-consistent Davis forced error after error from her teenage opponent.

Konjuh was particularly susceptible facing serve, winning just 31 per cent of all return points, while Davis dominated her opponent's second serve, winning 64 per cent of points.

And while the Croatian showed glimpses of her mercurial talent and thumping forehand, those moments were too frequently punctured by inexplicable mistakes.

The 19-year-old was broken twice in the first and three times in the second set, as Davis coasted to her maiden WTA title in straight sets.

Both held their nerve in the opening games before cracks started to show for Konjuh, playing into the scrapping Davis's hands with service and forecourt errors.

Konjuh was broken to give Davis a 4-2 lead and despite breaking back in the following game, she was broken again to put Davis in the first-set driving seat.

The Florida-based player made no mistake, serving out the set 6-3 with ease.

Broken again in the first set of the second, Konjuh was on the ropes and visibly distressed with her careless performance, head drooping after each lost point.

Davis held after a protracted deuce to go 2-0 up, before capitalising on more Konjuh errors, including a crucial double-fault, to break again at 3-1.

From there the result was a mere formality, as Davis raced out to a 5-1 lead and broke Konjuh for a third time in the set to lift the trophy.

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