American starlet Amanda Anisimova claimed her first WTA Tour singles title with a comeback win over the unseeded Astra Sharma at the Bogota Open.
Sixth seed Anisimova, still just 17 years old, rallied from a set and a break down to triumph 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a gutsy showing.
The world No.138 managed to lead early in the second before the 17-year-old American levelled at 2-2. The match kicked off with five straight breaks as they both struggled to find the rhythm behind the initial shot, with Sharma taking three of those to move 4-2 up. Following the tournament, she made her Top-100 debut, despite missing four months of the season with a foot injury.
Anisimova and Sharma have never faced each other in WTA play.
World number 76 Anisimova was playing in only her second WTA final after making the last two in Hiroshima previous year, while the Australian Sharma, ranked 138th in the world, had not made it to a quarter-final prior to this week.
After Polona Hercog lifts up her WTA title in Switzerland, another WTA woman clinches her crown in Colombia. Among her other junior career highlights, she advanced to the 2016 French Open girls' final at the age of 14 and reached a career-high ITF World Junior Ranking of No. 2 following her Roland Garros performance.
"I've been playing well here, I'm going to keep doing what I was doing, and we'll see how it goes", Anisimova said. I was feeling very confident, even if I wasn't able to play the clay season previous year because of my injury.