Tennis Roundup

Williams wins Swedish Open

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.

Fognini wins Hamburg final

Fabio Fognini saved three match points before beating Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2 to win the German Tennis Championships for his second title in two weeks.

The 12th-seeded Italian extended his winning run to 10 matches. He won his first career title, also on clay, last week in Stuttgart.

Fognini trailed 4-1 in the second set after losing four straight games following a long discussion with officials over a warning. The Italian changed his racket after breaking a string, but took a long time going to the bench and was given a warning. He engaged in a long argument with the chair umpire and tournament supervisor and was unable to keep his game together, still muttering during changeovers.

But Fognini finally settled down and rallied to level at 4-4. Delbonis squandered three match points in the tiebreaker on errors before Fognini converted his first set point.

Fognini quickly took control of the decisive set but failed to serve out the match at 5-1. Delbonis led 40-0 in the next but Fognini got back to deuce and won the match when Delbonis sent a forehand wide.

Fognini sank to his knees and pumped his fists, while a tired-looking Delbonis appeared dejected after losing his first career final.

Delbonis upset top-seeded Roger Federer in the semifinals, but the left-hander ran out of steam on a hot day. He began the week ranked No. 114 but is projected to rise to No. 62 when the rankings come out Monday. Fognini is set to improve six spots to No. 19.

Fognini has 25 wins on clay this season, second only to Rafael Nadal's 38.

Karlovic wins Claro Open

Croatia's Ivo Karlovic won the Claro Open Colombia, spoiling hometown favorite Alejandro Falla's bid for his first ATP Tour title.

The 34-year-old Karlovic, the tallest player on tour at 6-foot-10, beat Falla 6-3, 7-6 (4) on the hard court at Centro de Alto Rendimiento for his fifth career title. Karlovic missed three months this season because of viral meningitis, returning this month at Newport.

Meusburger wins first career title

Yvonne Meusburger of Austria won her first WTA title by defeating Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic 7-5, 6-2 at the Gastein Ladies in Austria.

It was Meusburger's second straight final 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.

"I've come here every season and I can't believe I've won it now," said Meusburger, who reached at least the quarterfinals every year since the event was first held in 2007.

Meusburger didn't drop a set in the tournament, where she has reached at least the quarterfinals every year since it was first held in 2007.

The 86th-ranked Meusburger became the ninth Austrian winner of a WTA event and the first since Tamira Paszek in Birmingham, England, in June last year. Meusburger was expected to move up almost 30 places and improve on her career best 60th when the rankings are updated on Monday.

Hlavackova had never been beyond the quarterfinals of a WTA event before and had not won back-to-back matches this year.

Ranked 108th, Hlavackova specializes in doubles. Teaming up with fellow Czech player Lucie Hradecka, she won the French Open in 2011 and finished runner-up at Wimbledon, the London Olympics and the U.S. Open last year.

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