Elina Svitolina defends Baku Cup title


Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina has won two WTA titles and both triumphs happened at the Baku Cup, in back-to-back years. The 19-year-old lost just one set all week, in the semifinals against Francesca Schiavone, and in today’s title match recorded a 6-1 7-6(2) victory over the 2012 Baku champion Bojana Jovanovski.

After racing through the first set in just 22 minutes, Svitolina faced much more resistance from the fifth-seeded Jovanovski in the second set, as all its 12 games were holds of serve, but the Ukrainian took command in the tiebreak, opening with four straight points won, and the $43,000 champion’s prize was soon hers. (photo: Jimmie48)

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