"It's definitely an incredible feeling winning my first WTA title. It's definitely surreal", Lauren happily said upon overpowering the Croatian teen Ana Konjuh in Auckland barely in 75 minutes in straight sets no less. It's strange to think that Lauren's pro debut into the WTA in 2011 was just as dramatic as earning this first title of her career.
It was back in Charleston, South Carolina that she'd finished a match and waited patiently for a post-match interview in a tournament booth, that's when her world literally came crashng down on her. A lighting equipment system came falling down pon her head, knocking her unconscious. She sustained a concussion which put her out of action for months and afterwards she was plagued with migraines and daily headaches. She also experienced head trauma and withstood multiple tests barely able to look at television and sleep comfortably.
Lauren's brush with crisis made her strong enough to go on to brighter times and she accomplished that by winning the 2013 USTA's Dow Corning Tennis Classic beating Alja Tomjanovic in the final. It wasn't long before she entered the Miami Masters with her opponent Alize Cornet. It was a hot day, extremely hot and she'd spotted a wasp flying about. Unfortunately it stung her and she had to immediately get treatment and went on with the match. But later, both Lauren and Alize had to be taken off the court in wheelchairs because of heat exhaustion. What a year that was!
It was in 2014 that Davis had her career high ranking of #43 and she beat Julia Goerges in the Australian Open making it to the 3rd round. Lauren also beat Victoria Azarenka and later she also advanced to the quarters at the Aegon Internala in England, but lost to Madison Keys; a week later she beat Flavia Pennetta in straight sets at Wimbledon.
'Down Under' is really lucky for Lauren and last year she did enter the ASB Classic again and even though lost to Venus Williams, had the experience of playing a highly prestiged player. The following year in 2016, Davis felt more successful than ever as she made the finals of the CitiOpen in Washington against Yanina Wickmayer and then the final of the Banque Nationale against Oceane Dodin. But the start of this year a few days into 2017 gave Lauren the spirit to feel confident about her success in this new season as she proved victorious over Ana Konjuh. It's been a long time on tour expecting to earn a title but Lauren's time has come; it's come to feel happy and to feel grateful and confident that there may be more titles on her racket waiting for her in 2017.