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Hercog beats Swiatek in Samsung Open final; ends seven-year title wait

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Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, left, poses with her trophy after winning the Final against Poland’s Iga Swiatek, at the Wilcards Samsung Open 2019 WTA tennis tournament in Lugano, Switzerland, Sunday, April 14, 2017. (Alessandro Crinari/Keystone/Ti-Press via AP)


LUGANO, Switzerland -- Winning her first title since 2012, Polona Hercog beat 17-year-old Iga Swiatek 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in a rain-delayed Samsung Open final on Sunday.

In the 17th singles final on the WTA tour this season, Hercog was the 17th different player to lift a trophy.

Hercog had to wait out a 75-minute, opening-set rain delay in the Swiss Alps before winning her first title in almost seven years. That was in another clay court event, at Bastad, Sweden.

The 28-year-old Slovenian clinched by breaking serve when Swiatek sent a forehand long.

Swiatek, the Wimbledon junior champion playing in just her third main draw, got the quick break in the deciding set before Hercog won six of seven games for victory.