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Kateryna Bondarenko claimed her first WTA Tour singles title Sunday with a 7-6 (7), 2-6, 7-6 (4) victory over Yanina Wickmayer in the final of the DFS Classic.

Bondarenko, a 21-year-old Ukrainian who won the Australian Open doubles championship with her sister Alona, won a long battle of groundstrokes in the Wimbledon warmup.

"It feels great. I finally have my own title,"said Bondarenko.

"I never expected it to be on grass. It was a really tough match. I think we both played really well. I just got lucky in the tiebreak."


Second-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia won the Torneo Barcelona on Sunday with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Spanish wild card Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

The title was Kirilenko's second of the year, following her win at Estoril, Portugal, in April.

Kirilenko was the stronger player throughout from the baseline, never allowing her left-handed opponent the chance to get into the contest.


(source The Canadian Press, Reuters,
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AP Photo/Simon Dawson, Barcelona KIA '08.)

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