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Hercog repeats as Bastad winner



Bastad, Sweden (Sports Network) - Polona Hercog of Slovenia won her second straight Swedish Open title with a three-set victory over Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson in Sunday's final.

Hercog recovered from an awful start and rallied for an 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 win for her second career title. She beat Sweden's Johanna Larsson for her maiden WTA crown at this event last year and improved to 2-2 lifetime in finals.

Johansson, a French citizen born in Sweden, denied a rematch of last year's title tilt with a straight-set win over Larsson in Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's setback left her 0-2 in WTA finals. She was also the runner-up at Bogota last year.

Hercog entered this week's event with a four-match losing streak and just one win in her last eight matches dating back to a semifinal loss to Lucie Safarova in Charleston back in April. She also battled a back injury that forced her to withdraw from some events, but a familiar venue proved to be exactly what the 21-year-old needed.

Sunday's triumph was worth a first prize of $37,000.

07/22 12:25:13 ET