Elina finishes her first clay court tournament with a trophy in her hands! In 1 hour and 15 minutes she defeated Elise Mertens of Belgium (6-2 6-4) in the Istanbul Cup final to capture her 7th career WTA title and 3d title in 2017. 

In February Elina has become a champion at the WTA events in Taipei and Dubai. En route to the title she beat Viktoria Kamenskaya, Alexandra Cadantu, Sorana Cirstea and Jana Cepelova, having lost only one set in five matches. 

"Thanks to my team for the all the work and for everything you've been doing for me day in and day out," Elina said during the award ceremony. "Turkish tennis is improving, from year to year the tournament is getting better and better, and thanks to all the fans for your messages and support, I hope next year I will be come back here to defend my title". 

Elina's next scheduled tournament is the WTA Premier Mandatory series event, which starts on May 6 in Madrid.