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Rybakina wins her third title of the season by beating Kostyuk 6-2, 6-2 in Stuttgart

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Rybakina wins her third title of the season by beating Kostyuk 6-2, 6-2 in Stuttgart

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Elena Rybakina easily claimed her third title of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in the final of the Stuttgart Open on Sunday.

Rybakina, who is the fourth-ranked tennis player in the world and who beat Iga Świątek in the semifinal, saved all three break points she faced and took four of six opportunities to win in one hour and nine minutes.

Rybakina leads the Tour with 26 wins this campaign. His title in Stuttgart accompanies those she achieved in Adelaide and Abu Dhabi this season. The Kazakh’s previous victories on clay were in Rome 2023 and Bucharest 2019.

“It’s an amazing tournament and I’m really excited to come back next year,” said Rybakina, who also eliminated Jasmine Paolini and Veronika Kudermetova in Stuttgart.

Kostyuk, who is ranked 27th in the world, was under pressure from the start when Rybakina broke serve and sealed the first set in just 30 minutes.

Kostyuk surprised by reaching the final after beating Zheng Qinwen, Coco Gauff and Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova, three tennis players who are among the 10 best in the world. Kostyul saved five match points against Zheng in the round of 16.

“I have to say how proud I am to see so many Ukrainian flags here this week. Thank you very much guys for coming,” said Kostyuk after playing in his third final.

Kostyuk won his first title last year in Austin and was a finalist last month in San Diego.

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