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WTA roundup: Elina Svitolina handles Alize Cornet to win Chicago title

Aug 11, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Elina Svitolina from Ukrania hits a shot against Johanna Konta from Great Britain (not pictured) during the second round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 11, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Elina Svitolina from Ukrania hits a shot against Johanna Konta from Great Britain (not pictured) during the second round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Top-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine dispatched ninth-seeded Alize Cornet of France 7-5, 6-4 to win the inaugural Chicago Women’s Open on Saturday.

Svitolina converted all six break points while notching her first victory of the year and 16th of her career. The match took two hours and two minutes.

Svitolina led 3-0 in the second set before Cornet made a run and pulled within 5-4. But Cornet was unable to hold her service and Svitolina closed out the match with a backhand winner down the baseline.

Tennis in the Land

Second-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia delivered 25 winners while recording a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania to claim the title in Cleveland.

Kontaveit committed 15 unforced errors while notching her second career title. She prevailed in a first-set tiebreaker and then won three straight games early in the second set to take control.

Begu hit 27 winners but committed 25 unforced errors. Begu had five aces to Kontaveit’s two in a match that took one hour and 55 minutes.

–Field Level Media