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Zakopalova wins Brazil Cup for 3rd career title
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Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic returns to Kurumi Nara of Japan during the final match at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb.23, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
March 1, 2014, 12:18 pm

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic won her third WTA singles title by coming from the brink of defeat to beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the Brazil Cup final on Saturday.

Playing in her third final this year, the 32nd-ranked Zakopalova won 11 straight games to win the match in 2 hours, 12 minutes, securing her first trophy since 2005.

She had lost 12 straight finals, including to Kurumi Nara of Japan at the Rio Open last weekend.

Muguruza was leading 6-4, 5-2 and serving for the match when she suddenly couldn't win another game.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, ranked 36th, had beaten Zakopalova in the final in Hobart, Australia, in January, which marked her first career title.

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