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Giorgi beats Alexandrova in Linz for second career WTA title

Toray Pan Pacific Open - Day 4

TACHIKAWA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 20: Camila Giorgi of Italy plays a backhand against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in her Singles Round of 16 match on day four of the Toray Pan Pacific Open at Arena Tachikawa Tachihi on September 20, 2018 in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

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LINZ, Austria -- Camila Giorgi won her second career WTA title by defeating Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3, 6-1 at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz on Sunday.

The fifth-seeded Italian, who also reached the final here in 2014, won her only previous title in `s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, two years ago.

Playing in her first final of the year, Giorgi, who improved to 2-0 against the 119th-ranked Russian, used the only break point in the first set to go 5-3 up. She served out the set with an ace before winning the next four games to set up the victory.

Alexandrova, who came through qualifying, was also after her second career title, after winning in Limoges, France, in 2015.

The two top-seeded players, Julia Goerges and Kiki Bertens, failed to make it beyond the second round.