Carla claims maiden title

Carla claims maiden title

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro claimed her first WTA title on Saturday when she beat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at the Portugal Open.

She had lost her previous five WTA finals and stuttered from 4-1 up in the decider against the two-time grand slam champion before edging home in two hours 10 minutes.

In the men's event Tomas Berdych can clinch a first claycourt title in five years on Sunday after reaching the final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Romania's Victor Hanescu.

The Czech world number six was untroubled by Hanescu, powering into a final against Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.

Berdych, regarded as a hardcourt specialist, last won a tournament on clay in Munich in 2009. Berlocq beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6, 6-2.

In the Munich final, qualifier Martin Klizan shocked top-seed Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, World No 2 Novak Djokovic pulled out of the Madrid Open after failing to recover from an arm injury he sustained last month’s Monte Carlo Masters.