AFP Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Jan 06, 2018, 01.25 PM
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina laid down her marker as a serious contender for the Australia Open when she demolished Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1 in the Brisbane International final on Saturday.
Svitolina won five titles on the WTA tour last year, more than any other woman.
She ended the year ranked sixth in the world, but will climb two places when the new rankings are released on Monday and will go into the year's first Grand Slam as the fourth seed.
Svitolina said she had worked hard in the offseason to improve her game and that work was now paying off.