CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Veronika Kudermetova of Russia won her first WTA title, coming up strong on the big points to beat Danka Kovinic in straight sets at the Volvo Car Open.
The 23-year-old Kudermetova did not lose a set in six matches in the year’s opening clay-court tournament, a feat last accomplished by Serena Williams in 2012.
Kudermetova overcame a 3-2 deficit to take the opening set 6-4, then won the final four games of the second set.
Kudermetova had lost a final earlier this year in Abu Dhabi. Kovinic, of Montenegro, was also seeking her first WTA title.