WTA Tour

Zakopalova wins in Brazil

accreditation
Klara Zakopalova (AP)
Klara Zakopalova (AP)

Florianopolis - Czech third seed Klara Zakopalova put an end to a run of six final losses on Saturday, securing the WTA Brazil Cup by beating Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza for her first title since 2005.

Zakopalova, who fought back from 4-6, 2-5 down to land the $250 000 event, had lost last week's Rio final to Japan's Kurumi Nara and she also went down to Muruguza in the Hobart final in January.

This time, in the southern city of Florianopolis, home to former men's French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, she triumphed after a shaky start cost her the first set.

She then found herself 2-5 down in the second before digging in to land her third WTA title.

"I was losing the whole match, but anything can happen in a final," said Zakopalova, 32. "Winning this title is just incredible."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Having lost the first Test against the British & Irish Lions, can the Springboks recover to win the series?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, they will win the series 2-1. Go Bokke!
57% - 3946 votes
The Boks will win a Test, but will lose the series 2-1.
26% - 1842 votes
It's not looking good. A 3-0 whitewash is on the cards.
17% - 1167 votes
Vote