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Kudermetova wins first title in Charleston

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Russia's Veronika Kudermetova has won her first WTA title, coming up strong on the big points to beat Montenegro's Danka Kovinic 6-4 6-2 in the Charleston Open final.

The 23-year-old Kudermetova did not drop a set in six matches on the way to the championship at the season's first clay court tournament - a feat last accomplished here by Serena Williams in 2012.

Kovinic, also seeking her first title on Sunday, sailed a forehand long on match point, making the fifth first-time winner this season on the WTA.

"I really enjoyed the play here," Kudermetova said to the few dozen people watching as she held the championship trophy up high.

The tournament, which was cancelled last year, was closed to the general public because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia's world No.1 Ash Barty had been knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

"Of course, winning means a lot," Kudermetova said. "I'm really happy and proud of myself at my first title.

"It's an amazing week for me. I played really well. I think I deserved this trophy."

Kudermetova, the 15th seed, relied on her serve and forehand to push past Kovinic, who had defeated three seeded players to advance to the final.