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Klara Zakopalova wins Brazil Cup

AFP, FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil

Third seed Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic put an end to a run of six finals losses Saturday as she secured the WTA Brazil Cup by defeated Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza to claim her first title since 2005.

Zakopalova, who fought back from 4-6, 2-5 down to conquer the US$250,000 event, had lost last week’s Rio de Janeiro final to Kurumi Nara of Japan.

The Czech player had previously been downed by Muguruza in January at the final of the Hobart International Tennis Tournament in Australia.

However, when the two faced off this time in the southern Brazilian city of Florianopolis — home to former French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten — Zakopalova triumphed despite getting off to a shaky start that cost her the first set.

She then found herself 2-5 down in the second before digging in to land her third WTA title.

“I was losing the whole match, but anything can happen in a final,” said Zakopalova, 32. “Winning this title is just incredible.”

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