BASTAD, Sweden — Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title by beating Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Swedish Open on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3. Larsson advanced to 4-3 before caving in to the American’s strong serve and losing the next three games.
Williams dominated the second set, breaking Larsson’s serve twice.
“It was really good to come here and win after a disappointing Wimbledon so hopefully this confidence will help me for the rest of the year,” said Williams, who lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki.
Larsson said “at the crucial points I wasn’t really present, which was a shame.”
Williams also defeated 76th-ranked Larsson in their only previous match in the Fed Cup earlier this year.
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BAD GASTEIN, Austria — Yvonne Meusburger of Austria won her first WTA title by defeating Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic 7-5, 6-2 at the Gastein Ladies on Sunday.
It was Meusburger’s second final in as many weeks and third overall. She lost to Romania’s Simona Halep in Budapest last week and to Italy’s Francesca Schiavone in Bad Gastein six years ago.
The 86th-ranked Meusburger, who didn’t drop a set in the tournament, became the first Austrian winner on the WTA tour since Tamira Paszek in Birmingham, England, in June last year.
Hlavackova had never been beyond the quarterfinals before and had not won back-to-back matches this year.
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