Third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka defeats fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka to win the inaugural Ostrava Open title.
Having won his maiden title in Auckland in January, the 22-year-old Humbert impressed this week with a notable win over second seed Pablo Carreno Busta and was put to the test in the semi-final when he saved four match points against Dan Evans. Humbert did not drop serve against De Minaur, winning an impressive 80% of his second serve points while he also dictated rallies, with forehand winners down the line a constant feature in a dominant opening set.
Former world number one Azarenka, who has been in top form since tennis restarted following its pandemic-enforced hiatus, needed a medical timeout in the second set and ended up losing the match in 68 minutes. "I want to first of all congratulate Aryna and her team on a good week," Azarenka said. Sabalenka had to twice battle back from the brink of defeat -- first against American Coco Gauff and then against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo -- to reach the final, but showed no sign of the inconsistencies that have often dogged her on the big stage.