AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Second seed Eleni Daniilidou of Greece claimed the first title of the WTA Tour season Saturday by saving two match points and outlasting Korea's Yoon Jeong Cho at the ASB Classic.
Daniilidou claimed Saturday's match, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), in 2 hours, 25 minutes for the second crown of her brief career. The 20-year-old won last year in 's-Hertogenbosh.
"It was an incredible match," she said. "Both of us were fighting a lot. In the end, I started to get more aggressive and get into the court more. She played so flat and deep, I couldn't attack and we were really tired, but I played the more important points better, and that was the difference."
Cho served for the match leading, 5-4, in the third set but failed to claim her first career title. She had become the first Korean woman to reach the final of a Tier IV WTA event.
Daniilidou, who overcame cramping in the final two games of the match, split the first two sets before falling behind, 4-5, in the third. Cho was serving at 40-15 when Daniilidou got more aggressive.
This was the first time since the ASB Classic began in 1985 that the final set of the singles final went to a tiebreaker.