Nervous Suarez Navarro ecstatic to win first WTA title

Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych into the men's Portugal Open final.

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 twice grand slam champion before edging home in two hours 10 minutes.

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

The Czech world No 6 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.

Suarez Navarro said she was delighted to continue an impressive season with some big tournaments ahead.

“I’m very happy I could finally win my first WTA title,” she told the WTA website.

“I was a little bit nervous today. It was a difficult match too – it was windy today and we were both making mistakes.

“Now there’s Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros, which to me is the best tournament of the year, but it’s still far – most important right now is the next tournament in Madrid.”

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Published: May 4, 2014 04:00 AM