Qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru has won eight matches this week in Warsaw to claim her first career singles title in her main draw debut on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. The 201st-ranked Romanian upset world No.39 Alona Bondarenko 7-6(3) 3-6 6-0 in the final of the Warsaw Open.
The 19-year-old Dulgheru became the first qualifier to reach the finals at Warsaw, and she did it by beating world No.205 Greta Arn in the first round, No.36 Sara Errani in the second round, No.95 Galina Voskoboeva in the quarterfinals and No.36 Daniela Hantuchova in the semifinals. And on top of all that she beat the clear favorite Bondarenko in the title match.
Dulgheru’s best career win prior to Warsaw was against world No.138 Olivia Sanchez at 2007 Granada.
Eighth-seeded Bondarenko was trying to win her second career singles title in her first final since 2007, which was also at the Warsaw Open. (photo via Warsaw Open)