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Tennis | WTA

Zakopalova ends final heartache in Brazil



Czech third seed Klara Zakopalova put an end to a run of six final losses on Saturday, securing the WTA Brazil Cup by beating Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza for her first title since 2005.

Zakopalova, who fought back from 4-6, 2-5 down to land the $250 000 event, had lost last week's Rio final to Japan's Kurumi Nara and she also went down to Muruguza in the Hobart final in January.

This time, in the southern city of Florianopolis, home to former men's French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, she triumphed after a shaky start cost her the first set.

She then found herself 2-5 down in the second before digging in to land her third WTA title.

"I was losing the whole match, but anything can happen in a final," said Zakopalova, 32. "Winning this title is just incredible."

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