Baku, Azerbaijan (Sports Network) - Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia claimed her first WTA title Saturday with a straight-set victory over American Julia Cohen in the Baku Cup tennis tournament.
The fifth-seeded Jovanovski rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 triumph in her first-ever final. She became the first Serbian to win a WTA event since Ana Ivanovic last year in Bali.
Jovanovski, ranked 97th, entered this week with a main draw match record of 6-10, with her best previous finish a quarterfinal appearance in Copenhagen back in April.
"I went into today's final with nothing to lose. I was so positive," said Jovanovski. "I was just trying to fight for every point and not thinking about winning or losing, just trying to play the best I can. It feels great to win my first title. I'm so glad I did it."
Cohen, in just her third WTA event, was also playing in her first final. The 23-year-old Philadelphia native has five ITF titles, but had never appeared in a WTA main draw match until this year. She fell in qualifying 34 times before finally reaching the main draw at Bogota in February.
"It feels really good to get to my first WTA final," Cohen noted. "I was a bit tired but she played really well. I hope next time I can win. Obviously I'm so disappointed that I lost, but I have to be happy that I got to the final."
Jovanovski, who collected a first prize of $37,000, broke serve five times and had her serve broken just once in Saturday's 94-minute match.
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