Donna Vekic beats Dominika Cibulkova for 1st WTA title

Donna Vekic, playing in her third final, prevailed in a match that stretched to almost three hours.

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    Donna Vekic from Croatia returns a shot to Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia in the women's singles final match of the WTA BMW Malaysian Open 2014 at Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 20.
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Seventh-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia clinched her first WTA title on Sunday after beating top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Malaysian Open final.

The 17-year-old Vekic, playing in her third final, prevailed in a match that stretched to almost three hours.

Vekic, who fired 11 aces, failed to serve out the match when leading 5-2 in the third set but regained her rhythm in the tie-breaker.

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Cibulkova, who reached the final of the Australian Open, had beaten Vekic in straight sets at Indian Wells last month in their only previous encounter.

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