Teen 'lucky loser' secures incredible slice of tennis history

Serbian 17-year-old Olga Danilovic has snared a remarkable piece of history in winning her first WTA title.

Danilovic defeated fellow 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova 7-5 6-7(1) 6-4 in the Moscow River Cup final on Sunday, becoming the first player born in 2000s to win a WTA title.

However that wasn’t her only impressive slice of history.

She is also the first ‘lucky loser’ to win a WTA title, after she originally failed to qualify for the tournament.


The left-hander was only granted a place in the main draw when a fellow competitor withdrew.

The World No.187 is also the youngest title winner at tour level since Ana Konjuh’s triumph at Nottingham in 2015.


Having squandered an opportunity to close out the match in the second set, Danilovic was forced to recover from a break down in the decider.

Russian wildcard Potapova, who had won both the previous singles encounters with Danilovic at junior level, fought hard to stay in the contest but was undone by 32 unforced errors as opposed to only 18 winners.

Danilovic demonstrated an impressive commitment to all-out aggression in her first career final, with 49 winners and 46 unforced errors.