Tennis: Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Donna Vekic to clinch Citi Open title

WION Web Team
Washington, DC, USA Published: Aug 06, 2018, 08:33 AM(IST)

Svetlana Kuznetsova celebrates after winning the game. Photograph:( Twitter )

Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Croatia's Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 in the finals of Washington Open to clinch title. Russia's Kuznetsova claimed her 18th career WTA title after powering past Vekic in a three-set thriller.

The 33-year-old registered her first title since left wrist surgery had sidelined her earlier this year.

After winning the match, ranked 128th in the world hailed her luck. She said, "I know I've been a little bit lucky today."

Kuznetsova, winner of the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open, claimed a second Washington title to go with the one she won in 2014, her only other appearance.

"There's something going on with Washington," Kuznetsova said. "I never lose here. I played two times and I won both."

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She also praised the runner-up and offered her condolences saying, "I'm sure your victories will come."

The 22-year-old Vekic won her only WTA titles in 2014 at Kuala Lumpur and last year at Nottingham and missing out on another after coming so near left her wiping away tears on the court.

 After receiving the runner-up trophy, Vekic told coach Torben Beltz, "Sorry for what happened today."

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"Hopefully we can have some more finals together."

She also said, "It's not easy when you lose with match points up. But I love this sport. Hopefully, I can be in some more finals and win some more titles."

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