Svitolina, Kontaveit claim WTA titles in US Open warm-ups
Washington: Elina Svitolina and Anett Kontaveit capped their US Open preparations with victories Saturday in tune-up tournaments laid on by the WTA in the US Midwest. Ukraine’s Svitolina, the top seed in the hardcourt tournament in Chicago, held off France’s Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-4. In Cleveland, Ohio, second-seeded Kontaveit beat Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to claim her second career title in her ninth championship match appearance. Estonia’s Kontaveit ended a run of five straight finals without a victory. She capitalized on both of her break point chances, firing 25 winners with just 15 unforced errors. Begu belted 27 winners, but couldn’t overcome 25 unforced errors. In Chicago, Svitolina captured the 16th WTA title of her career and her first since the claycourt tournament in Strasbourg almost a year ago. – AFP