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Tennis | WTA

Kirsten Flipkens © Reuters Images

Flipkens seizes first title in Quebec



Kirsten Flipkens made the most of her first WTA finals opportunity, capping a dream week at the Bell Challenge with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over eighth-seeded Lucie Hradecka in Sunday's final in Quebec.

Both finalists were seeking a first career WTA title. Hradecka had come up short in four prior finals appearances, while Flipkens, 26, had never before reached a championship match.

It didn't look that way on Sunday, as she dispatched Hradecka, of the Czech Republic, in 69 minutes.

Her triumph punctuated a week that included a first-round upset of top-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova and a semifinal win over third-seeded German Mona Barthel.

Flipkens's previous best WTA showings were four trips to the semifinals, most recently at 's-Hertogenbosch this year.

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