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WTA roundup: Liudmila Samsonova wins second-straight title

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Aug 7, 2022; Washington, DC, USA; Liudmila Samsonova balls celebrates by hitting balls into the stands after her match against Kaia Kanepi (EST) (not pictured) in the women's singles final on day seven of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Liudmila Samsonova won 80.8 percent of her first-serve points while notching a convincing 6-1, 6-3 victory over seventh-seeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Saturday to win the Tennis at the Land final in Cleveland.

It was the second straight title for Samsonova, who has won 10 consecutive matches. The Russian also won at Washington D.C. earlier this month and Saturday’s triumph represents her third career WTA title.

Sasnovich of Belarus converted just 50 percent of her first-serve points. The defeat in the match that took one hour and 52 minutes leaves her 0-4 in WTA finals.

Championnats Banque Nationale de Granby

Top-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia converted six of 13 break points en route to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 9 seed Daria Saville in the championship match at Granby, Quebec.

Kasatkina scored on 63 percent of Saville’s second serves while notching her sixth career victory. Kasatkina also won at San Jose earlier this month.

Saville put on a fight in the final game of the match by saving four match points. But Kasatkina finally broke through on match point No. 5 by winning a long rally to put away the Australian.

–Field Level Media