WTA Charleston: Veronika Kudermetova downs Danka Kovinic for maiden WTA title

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WTA Charleston: Veronika Kudermetova downs Danka Kovinic for maiden WTA title

The 23-year-old Russian Veronika Kudermetova was the player to beat at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, beating all rivals in straight sets for a maiden WTA crown! In the final, the Kazan native toppled Danka Kovinic 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 36 minutes, dominating on serve and return to cross the finish line and lift the trophy.

Thus, Kudermetova became the first player since Serena Williams in 2012 to win this prestigious event without dropping a set. The Russian faced only two break points and gave serve away once. Kovinic couldn't follow that pace, suffering four breaks to propel the opponent towards the finish line.

Danka sprayed a forehand error in the first game to suffer an instant break and pulled it back three games later for 2-2. Kudermetova survived three deuces on serve at 2-3 and seized a break in game seven following Kovinic's loose drop shot.

A player from Montenegro saved two set points on serve in game nine before the Russian sealed the opener with a hold at 5-4. From 2-1 down in set number two, Veronika rattled off five straight games to race towards the finish line, earning breaks in games five and seven and moving over the top with a service winner at 5-2 to celebrate the title.

Veronika Kudermetova claimed the Charleston crown, her first in a career.

"When I came here, I said to myself, 'Veronika, you need to work, that's it, and we will see how you play here.' When I started to play matches, I focused on tactics and work, and that's it.

And I think match by match, I started playing well. All the encounters were tough. It's challenging for nerves and the tennis part, but I'm proud that I can take the first title. I'm thrilled. It means a lot. It shows me that I can play well and beat good players.

If I play like this and keep working, I think I can be in the top-10 or higher. Last night, I didn't sleep well because I thought about the match and the first title. When I stepped on the court, I was a bit nervous, to be honest.

But I tried to work and not think about how this is the final or something special, and it worked," Veronika Kudermetova said.