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Putintseva beats Zidansek at Nuremberg Cup to win 1st title

International BNL d'Italia - Day Five

ROME, ITALY - MAY 16: Petra Kvitova of Czechia plays a forehand against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakstan in their Women’s Singles Round of 32 Match during Day Five of the International BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico on May 16, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan defeated Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to win the Nuremberg Cup final for her first WTA singles title on Saturday.

The 39th-ranked Putintseva converted her second match point to win the clay-court tournament.

The Moscow-born player, a two-time French Open quarterfinalist, had lost previous finals at Guangzhou last year and at St. Petersburg in 2017.

Putintseva’s quarterfinal against Anna-Lena Friedsam lasted a season-longest 3 hours, 21 minutes on Thursday.

The 68th-ranked Zidansek was playing in her first final.