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By Adrianna Outlaw | Sunday, July 25, 2021

 
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Maryna Zanevska edged Kristina Kucova 6-4, 7-6(4) in the BNP Paribas Poland Open final to capture her first WTA title on the red clay of Gdynia.

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Sporting taping wrapping her left thigh and showing determination in her eyes, Maryna Zanevska achieved a dream.

The 165th-ranked Zanevska edged Kristina Kucova 6-4, 7-6(4) in the BNP Paribas Poland Open final to capture her first WTA title on the red clay of Gdynia.

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In five tournament wins, Zanevska surrendered just one set.

The 31-year-old Kucova, who was playing for her first Tour-level title, took the initiative breaking twice in the first three games to seize a 3-0 lead.

Zanevska began to lean on the 5'4" Slovak's second serve hitting her returns with greater ambition. Zanevska won 16 of 19 points in a four game surge to rally for a 4-3 lead. Zanevska battled through a tight game breaking to take a one-set lead.

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For the second straight set, Kucova took a 3-0 lead only to see the Belgian blast back on a five-game run. Zanevska converted six of 20 break points in a one hour, 51-minute victory.

The win propels Zanevska to No. 114 in the live rankings.

 

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