Young Aussie tennis sensation Alex De Minaur has taken out his first ever ATP single's title on Saturday evening, knocking over Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in straight sets.
Petra Kvitova outlasted Ashleigh Barty in a final-set tiebreak to win the Sydney International for the second time on Saturday.
"It's surreal. I couldn't think of a better place to get my first win", said De Minaur.
"But I feel like I am hitting the ball well and certainly happy to come through in pretty straightforward fashion".
The Australian has been playing fantastic tennis for the last 12 months to finally win a title after he lost 3 finals in 2018 (Sydney, Washington, and Milan).
"I'm really happy to have won".
He also showed no sign of nerves, getting 73 per cent of his first serves in and bouncing back immediately after being broken midway through the second set and then three times when the world No.37 had mini breaks in the tiebreaker.
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And seeded for the time at a grand slam following his meteoric rankings rise a year ago from outside the world's top 100, de Minaur had taken a pot shot at Open officials for scheduling him on day one.
The Italian earned his first break point of the set before capitalising on a De Minaur double-fault to lead 4-3.
De Minaur said it left him disadvantaged ahead of his clash with Portuguese outsider Pedro Sousa on Monday, and into the rest of the tournament.
The world No.29's court coverage was vast as always, regularly chasing down his Italian opponent's forehands and wearing the 34-year-old down over the 2hr 5min clash to make amends for last year's final loss to Daniil Medvedev.
She more than doubled her prize money courtesy of the win over the wildcard Ho, earning $85,000, and it is just reward after she took a punt on a U.S. college scholarship to Vanderbilt University in Nashville after sustaining a broken ankle early in her career. It's been tough, because I have played a couple of finals and things haven't gone my way, ' de Minaur said.
The 225th-ranked Hives, a Ballarat native, hammered seasoned American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 6-2, while the Germany-born Birrell triumphed 6-4, 6-2 against Paula Badosa Gibert.