Vekic beats Cibulkova for 1st WTA title

The Associated Press
Donna Vekic from Croatia return a shot against Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic during the Women Single's semi final match of the WTA BMW Malaysian Open 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Vekic beats Cibulkova for 1st WTA title

Donna Vekic from Croatia return a shot against Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic during the Women Single's semi final match of the WTA BMW Malaysian Open 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Seventh-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia clinched her first WTA title on Sunday after beating top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Malaysian Open final.

The 17-year-old Vekic, playing in her third final, prevailed in a match that stretched to almost three hours.

Vekic, who fired 11 aces, failed to serve out the match when leading 5-2 in the third set but regained her rhythm in the tie-breaker.

Cibulkova, who reached the final of the Australian Open, had beaten Vekic in straight sets at Indian Wells last month in their only previous encounter.

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