Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine took home her first WTA (Women's Tennis Association) singles title of the season by defeating number-nine seed Alize Cornet of France 7-5, 6-4 to win the inaugural Chicago Women's Open on Aug. 28, WTATennis.com reported.
After two hours and two minutes of grinding tennis in the Windy City heat, Svitolina (ranked sixth in the world) emerged victorious and captured the 16th WTA singles title of her career. She has a 16-3 win-loss record in WTA singles finals.
Svitolina held a slim four-to-three edge in her rivalry with Cornet before this latest match. The Frenchwoman won their last encounter, two years ago in Eastbourne at a British grass-court tournament.
The Chicago Women's Open field included players such as Venus Williams (United States), Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) and LGBTQ player Alison van Uytvanck (Belgium).
Also, number-three seeds Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine and Raluca Olaru of Romania took home the doubles title, defeating Nadiia's twin sister Lyudmyla and her partner Makoto Ninomiya, the number-four seeds, 7-6(6), 5-7, [10-8].