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Santangelo wins the Bangalore Open

BANGALORE, India, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Mara Santangelo beat Jelena Kostanic, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in Sunday's final of the inaugural Bangalore Open at Bangalore, India.

Santangelo dropped the first set, won a hard fought second set and then finished off Kostanic in the third to win her first-ever WTA Tour title.

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"I wasn't sure of this after losing the first set, but I remained positive," said Santangelo, who earned $28,000. "The first-set loss actually prompted me to become more aggressive."

Kostanic, who also finished second last week at Pattaya City, Thailand, had won nine of her last 10 matches and was making her third career appearance in a WTA final. She pocketed $14,650 for her runner-up finish.

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