Schiavone captures Bogota title

Italy's Francesca Schiavone won the Copa Colsanitas in Colombia on Sunday after defeating Lara Arruabarrena of Spain in straight sets.

It's the 36-year-old's first WTA title since the Rio Open, which she won in February of last year, and her eighth overall.

Arruabarrena was chasing her third title, and second at this event, after she first won the tournament back in 2012.

Despite the straight sets win for Schiavone, it was a relatively tight contest between the two players.

Schiavone started like a house on fire, breaking early for a 3-0 lead, but Arruabarrena very nearly returned the favour at 3-5, setting up four break points only for Schiavone to save them all.

The Spaniard would break back on her next opportunity to get it back to 4-5, but Schiavone hit back strongly in the next game, converting her third break point to go one set up.

Arruabarrena did not let her head drop, however, and was the first to break in the third game of the second set as she opened up a 3-1 lead.

But Schiavone would mount a superb fightback at the tail end of the set, saving three set points at 4-5 before breaking in the very next game.

And the Italian would break again two games later, clinching her first match point to totally turn the tables on her opponent.

In her on-court interview, Schiavone said she was happy and emotional after coming back from an early break in the second set by claiming her opponents serve in the tenth and 12th games to win the set and match.   

"I'm very happy and emotional," Schiavone said. "Today was a disaster match, but winning was the most important thing. 

"Lara is improving a lot; I think she pulled a muscle and couldn't run as well that she could, but I thank God that I could win the last three games."

"In this moment I have memories of my championship in Roland Garros," she added. "I have always had very good performances on clay. It was too long since I won a title and I am very pleased to win again. 

"It was a very good tournament for me here in Bogota. I felt very excited to be playing my game."

"I'm not thinking about retirement," she said after being asked. "I'm enjoying tennis."

Meanwhile, in Switzerland Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova ended a fairytale week with her first WTA title at the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne.

The 17-year old Vondrousova beat her Estonian opponent Anett Kontaveit, 6-4, 7-6(6) in the championship match.

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