Second seed Kiki Bertens held off the challenge of Donna Vekic in the final to win the St Petersburg Open.
The world No 8 secured a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 victory in one hour and 43 minutes to win her eighth WTA Tour trophy.
Defeats Donna Vekic 7-6(2), 6-4 to claim her 8th WTA singles title! pic.twitter.com/dzByyGyEUx
— WTA (@WTA) February 3, 2019
Bertens made a sluggish start to the match as she was broken in the opening game and again in game seven and Vekic was on control at 5-2.
However, the Dutchwoman won four games in a row and then dominated the tie-breaker.
The second set was more straightforward as she broke twice, compared to the Croatian’s one break, and secured the win on her fourth match point.
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