Shvedova outlasts Osaka to claim Hua Hin title


Yaroslava Shvedova overcame a significant scare at the hands of Naomi Osaka to win the Hua Hin Championships on Sunday.

As the fourth seed at the WTA 125k series event in Thailand, Shvedova came into the final as the favourite against an opponent 121 places below her in the rankings.

However, the two-time Grand Slam doubles champion was made to work hard before finally securing her second WTA Tour singles title - some eight years after her maiden success in Bangalore - with a 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 6-4 victory.

Teenager Osaka forced seven break points in the first set, but was unable to take any and fell behind as Shvedova accepted her only opportunity.

Osaka held her nerve impressively when an evenly contested second set went to a tie-break, and then moved a break up in the decider.

Yet it was to be Shvedova who prevailed as the Japanese faded with the winning post in sight.