Elina defeated the Russian Daria Kasatkina in the decisive match of the Premier tournament in Dubai: 6-4 6-0. The match had lasted for a bit more than an hour. Elina served two aces, made one double fault and won four break-points out of ten on her opponent’s serve. The Russian had a single break-point during the whole match but failed to win it. 

Elina joined Justine Henin and Venus Williams in the list of those players who managed to defend their title in Dubai. On her way to the final Elina defeated the lucky loser Wang Qiang from China, Naomi Osaka from Japan who had a wild card and the sixth seed Angelique Kerber from Germany. 

This is Elina’s second title this year (she has already won the Premier tournament in Brisbane) and eleventh in her career.