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Zvonareva beats Srebotnik to lift Cincinnati title
July 24, 2006 12:16 IST
Russia's Vera Zvonareva rounded off a week of upsets with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia to win the Cincinnati Open on Sunday.
Zvonareva's second title of the year was well-earned. The unseeded Russian knocked out seventh seed Tatiana Golovin, fifth seed Jelena Jankovic and former world number one Serena Williams in her march to the final.
The 21-year-old needed just 56 minutes to beat fourth seed Srebotnik and collect her fifth career title.
The Russian world number 50 took control after breaking Srebotnik to go ahead 3-2. She raced away with the first set and was quickly 2-0 up in the second.
Srebotnik, who reached her first final of the season with a semi-final win over defending champion Patty Schnyder, stopped the tailspin when she held serve at 2-1.
The Slovenian continued to battle, finally breaking Zvonareva to get level at 3-3. But the Russian broke straight back twice to close out the match.
(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto)