Victoria Azarenka from Belarus reacts after profitable in the course of the Ostrava Open 2020 tennis match closing match towards Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jaroslav Ozana/CTK Pool through AP)

Thirdseeded Aryna Sabalenka cruised to the title on the inaugural Ostrava Open on Sunday, defeating fourthseeded Victoria Azarenka 62, 62 within the first WTA allBelarusian closing.

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic: Third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka cruised to the title on the inaugural Ostrava Open on Sunday, defeating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-2 within the first WTA all-Belarusian closing.

The massive-hitting 22-year-old Sabalenka dominated the match however her former top-ranked opponent was visibly restricted by an unspecified well being drawback within the second set and wanted a medical outing and yet another temporary therapy.

It was the second title of the season for the 12th-ranked Sabalenka after the Qatar Whole Open in Doha in February, and seventh total of her profession.

I hope youll get higher quickly, she wished Azarenka in a quick on-court speech after her victory.

The 14th-ranked Azarenka tried to return again after she obtained therapy when she was 4-1 down within the second set, breaking Sabalenka who then replied instantly along with her fifth break and served out the match.

Final month, Azarenka eradicated Sabalenka 6-1, 6-Three within the second spherical of the U.S. Open earlier than reaching the ultimate.

The indoor hard-court occasion was added to the WTA tour after tournaments in China had been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was given a inexperienced mild from Czech well being authorities to go forward regardless of sport competitions being banned on this nation hard-hit by the coronavirus. It was performed with out spectators.