Bencic wins Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW (AP) – Belinda Bencic recovered from a set down to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the Kremlin Cup final last Sunday.

Third-seeded Bencic broke Pavlyuchenkova in the Russian’s first service game in both the second and third sets.

Bencic hit eight aces despite landing just 54 per cent of her first serves.

She’s the first Swiss woman to win the Kremlin Cup since Martina Hingis in 2000.

The win capped a productive week for Bencic after she secured the last spot at the WTA Finals last Saturday.

By qualifying for the Moscow final, Bencic overtook United States’ (US) Serena Williams in the points ranking for qualification for the finals in Shenzhen, China.

Bencic moves to 4-6 in career tour finals and 2-1 in 2019 after winning in Dubai in February.

In the men’s final, Andrei Rublev recorded his first ATP title since 2017 as he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-0 in just one hour and three minutes.

The 22-year-old Russian is 2-2 in career finals after condemning his French opponent to his second consecutive defeat in Kremlin Cup finals after losing to Russian Karen Khachanov last year.