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Kuznetsova edges Vekic for second Citi Open title

Washington Tennis

Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, celebrates after she defeated Donna Vekic, of Croatia, in the women’s finals at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Washington. Kuznetsova won 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


WASHINGTON -- Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second title at the Citi Open, and first at any WTA tournament in two years, by erasing four match points to beat Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Sunday.

The No. 7 seed Vekic was one point from victory four times in the second set but was not able to close it out.

Kuznetsova is a two-time Grand Slam champion, but she is currently ranked only 128th, the lowest spot for a women’s champion at the hard-court tournament.

She also won the Citi Open in 2014.