Sasnovich loses in her first WTA final

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Belarusian tennis player Aliaksandra Sasnovich (No.136) lost in her first WTA final.

In the final match of the Korea Open Tennis (prize money – $426,750), Sasnovich gave way to Irina-Camelia Begu (No.29) of Romania. The Romanian clinched a 6:3, 6:1 victory in 1 h 17 min.

It was still a fantastic week for Sasnovich. The Belarusian WTA Rising Star battled her way through the qualifying draw and made it all the way to her first WTA final, having not even been to the quarterfinals of a WTA event before.

Earlier in the week she dismissed No.6 seed Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania and No.3 seed Sloane Stephens of the USA, with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 semifinal victory against No.2 seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia.

Thanks to this achievement, Sasnovich claimed $55,435 of the prize money, moving up 34 spots, from 136th to 102nd position.

About Korea Open

Part of the Asian leg of the calendar, Seoul's WTA tournament launched in 2004 at Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center, the 1988 Summer Olympics facility where Steffi Graf took the gold en route to her 'Golden Slam' season. It has also hosted South Korean Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.

Champions include Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska. However, the most memorable one may be Kimiko Date-Krumm, who became the second-oldest Open Era WTA titlist with her triumph in 2009 one day shy of her 39th birthday (Billie Jean King is the oldest).

Pictures by koreaopentennis.com