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Cibulkova wins 3rd title in Linz, qualifies for WTA Finals

  • Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia  returns a shot to Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic during their final match at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.   (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia returns a shot to Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic during their final match at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic  serves a ball  to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their final match at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic serves a ball to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their final match at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Slovakia's winner Dominika Cibulkova poses with her trophy after her final match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic  at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz,  Austria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.  (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Slovakia's winner Dominika Cibulkova poses with her trophy after her final match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)  (The Associated Press)

Dominika Cibulkova won her third title of the season and seventh overall by beating Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6-3, 7-5 in the Generali Ladies final on Sunday.

The triumph earned the 10th-ranked Slovak a berth at the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time.

The second-seeded Cibulkova also won at Katowice in April and Eastbourne in June, and appeared in three more finals this year.

Cibulkova, who was seeded second, avoided break points to take the opening set but dropped her serve while leading 3-1 in the second and saved four Golubic set points at 5-4.

Golubic, who started the year in 178th before climbing to 62nd, played her second career final after winning at Gstaad in July.