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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shvedova Downs Santangelo to Clinch Maiden Tour Title

APYaraslova Shvedova
BANGALORE, India -- Yaraslova Shvedova of Russia won her first WTA Tour title Sunday by stunning top-seeded defending champion Mara Santangelo of Italy 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

Shvedova, 19, ranked No. 143 in the world, continued her recent outstanding form to overcome No. 36 Santangelo in 2 1/4 hours.

"It's been a wonderful week, winning one's first title surely is a very special moment," an excited Shvedova said.

"Playing my first final, I took one game at a time and tried to keep things simple," said Shvedova, who had the spectators rooting for her in this southern Indian city.

Playing her second successive final here, Santangelo's form deserted her as she committed too many unforced errors.

"I played well to reach the final, but she played better than me today," a disappointed Santangelo said.

Shvedova forced the first service break in the third game of the opening set, but dropped her own service point in the next game.

The error-prone Santangelo was broken again in the seventh game and could not recover from there.

Serving for the set in the 10th game, Shvedova survived a break point at 30-40 with a deep backhand that Santangelo failed to retrieve. Shvedova clinched the first set when her Italian rival hit a backhand over the baseline.

Shvedova again broke Santangelo in the first game of the next set, which paved the way for Shvedova's title triumph.

The doubles title was won by the top-seeded Taiwan pair of Chan Yung-jan and Chung Chia-jung. They rallied after dropping the first set to prevail 6-7 (4), 6-2, 11-9 against the fourth-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia.