Vesnina captures first WTA title

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

After losing six times in championship matches, Russian Elena Vesnina finally captured her first WTA Tour title by topping Germany's Mona Barthel, 6-3, 6-4, on Saturday at the Hobart International.

Barthel, the ninth seed and defending champion, double faulted to send Vesnina to a 4-3 lead in the first set. Vesnina was able to rally from an early deficit in the second set to win this Australian Open tune-up.

"I didn't expect it to be two sets. It was just my day, finally," Vesnina said.

The 26-year-old Vesnina was able to celebrate her special moment when Barthel sent a backhand return wide on match point.

"I feel such a relief," said Vesnina, who appeared in this event for a sixth time. She has seven career doubles championships.

Barthel's only career title came here last year when she surged through the main draw as a qualifier.

"I'm not disappointed. It was another great week for me here," Barthel said.