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Hercog defends Bastad title

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Hercog defends Bastad title
In a dramatic turn around, Polona Hercog came from a bagel first set loss to beat Mathilde Johansson in three sets in the final of Swedish Open.

Defending champion Polona Hercog of Slovenia rallied past Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the final match of Swedish Open on Sunday.

"In a final everybody wants to win, so the nerves kick in a lot - I'm just happy I could calm myself down in the last two games," Hercog said.

"It was a lot of fighting today and a lot of ups and downs, and I'm very happy to win. Second year in a row is amazing - to be invincible here for two years is unbelievable. Bastad has some kind of magic power for me, I guess."

Johansson won the first seven games of the match before Hercog took the second set. The Slovenian took 5-1 lead in the third set but allowed Johansson to level at  5-all, however she managed to turn the tide in her favour in the dying stages and emerged victorious.

"In the first set I felt so good and played so well, but then I started to make some mistakes and she started playing much heavier and deeper," Johansson rued later. "In the end it was better again but I couldn't finish it - I should have won."

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