Carla Suarez Navarro bags first WTA title in Portugal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Oeiras, Portugal (4E Sports) – Top seed Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to notch her first WTA title at the Portugal Open.

Suarez Navarro, a runner-up here the last two years, battled back from a 4-1 deficit in the third set to record her 26th victory of the season. She improved to 1-5 in career finals.

“I’m very happy I could finally win my first WTA title,” Suarez Navarro said. “It was a difficult match too — it was windy today and we were both making mistakes, and we know each other well, but the most important thing for me today was just to be solid all the time.”

“On match point I was only thinking to put the ball in, and that’s what I did, and I felt so good when I finally finished the match. The ceremony was very special for me. I really love this tournament,” she added.

Kuznetsova, for her part, fell to 13-20 for her career in title matches.

On the men’s side of the event, top seed Tomas Berdych and Carlos Berlocq sealed heir title showdown after hurdling their respective semifinal rivals.

Berdych defeated Victor Hanescu, 6-2, 6-2, while Berlocq downed Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.

Berdych will play in the 22nd final of his career (9-12), while Berlocq will appear in his third ATP World Tour final (1-1). Berdych is 3-0 lifetime versus Berlocq.

In Munich, top seed Fabio Fognini advanced to the final of the BMW Open after beating Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-3, 6-1.

For the title, Fognini will play Martin Klizan, who beat second seed Tommy Haas, 6-3, 6-2.

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