In the doubles final of TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, Daria Gavrilova (Russia)-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Turkish Çağla Büyükakçay and her Serbian partner Jelena Jankovic 2-1 to become the champions.
In the seventh and last day at Garanti Koza Arena, Çağla-Jankovic managed to win the first set 7-5 despite being down 2-0 in the beginning to take the lead 1-0 in sets.
Gavrilova-Svitolina was up 4-1 after the first 5 games in the second set and easily, they won the set 6-1. Gavrilova-Svitolina, by winning many points in a row, clinched to match tie-break and won the championship after 1 hour and 21 minutes.
Çağla Büyükakçay competed for Turkey for the second time in the final of a WTA tournament and could not become the champion again. Turkish Tennis Federation President Cengiz Durmus, famous American former tennis player Monica Seles and TEB General Manager Umit Leblebici handed the medals and trophies to the players.
Answering the questions after the match, Gavrilova said: “We lost the first set but in the second set, after breaking Çağla’s serve, we started playing well.” Svitolina added: “We were definitely a team whole week. We did not stop fighting even if we were back. Istanbul brings me good luck. It was really special to win a tournament here.”
Turkish tennis player Çağla Büyükakçay explained that she wanted to live the moment because she played with Jankovic. She added that it may be an option to continue her career in doubles and it’s not hard to compete in doubles main draw in Grand Slam tournaments.
Jankovic said: “We were unlucky during match tie-break. We fought but we could not come back. We had a great partnership with Çağla. It was a great week in Istanbul.