The final of the Baku Cup 2013 was played on a hard court in the Azerbaijani capital on Sunday afternoon between 149th ranked Shahar Peer of Israel and 71st ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. These two players met for the first time in China earlier this year, a match which the 18 year old Svitolina won easily in straight sets. 26 year old Peer was ranked at 11 at the end of January 2011 and had been steadily falling down the rankings until this tournament, where she seems to have got her mojo back and is playing well again. This is Svitolina’s first ever WTA final, while Peer has five singles and three doubles titles to her name.
Svitolina got to 5-4 first in the very close first set and then broke the Israeli to take it 6-4 in just less than fifty minutes, mainly because of marginally better service and much better break point stats. Peer began the second set and there were breaks on both sides of the net until Peer held to get things back on track at 2-1. Games then went with serve until the 9th game when Svitolina broke to lead 5-4. She then held her nerve and served out the set at 6-4 to raise the trophy for her first WTA singles title.
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