Svitolina repeats as Baku champion

by: AP July 27, 2014

Elina Svitolina beat Bojana Jovanovski, 6-1, 7-6 (2), to successfully defend her Baku title. (AP Photo)

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP)—Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2).

The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the second set before cruising in the tiebreaker.

The 19-year-old Svitolina is the first teenager to win multiple WTA titles since Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova captured three at Monterrey and Istanbul in 2010 and again at Monterrey in 2011 before turning 20.

Jovanovski, who was aiming for her third WTA title, had a far tougher route to the final, rallying in the quarterfinals and semifinals to advance in three sets. Svitolina dropped one set all week against Francesca Schiavone in the semifinal.

More Stories

Nao Hibino, Kurumi Nara win in Tashkent Open first round

Fourth-seeded Hibino, the reigning champion, had few problems beating 16-year-old Komola Umarova. 

Simona Halep cruises into third round at Wuhan Open

The No. 4-seeded Halep was leading 6-3, 2-0 when Begu retired with a back injury amid warm and humid conditions. 

Ivo Karlovic will return for Davis Cup final against Argentina

"Our chances now look much better," Zeljko Krajan, Croatia's Davis Cup captain, said. "...I think we are the favorites."