Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina thanks the fans after winning the Women...

Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina thanks the fans after winning the Women Singles tennis tournament of Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday April 21, 2024. Credit: AP/Marijan Murat

STUTTGART, Germany — Elena Rybakina eased to her third title of the season on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Rybakina, the world No. 4-ranked player who defeated top-ranked Iga Świątek in the semifinals, saved the three break points she faced and took four from six opportunities to win in 1 hour, 9 minutes.

It’s Rybakina’s tour-leading 26th win of the year. The Stuttgart title comes after wins in Adelaide and Abu Dhabi this season. The Kazakh player’s previous clay-court wins were in Rome in 2023 and Bucharest in 2019.

“It’s an amazing tournament, and I'm really looking forward to come back next year,” said Rybakina, who also defeated Jasmine Paolini and Veronika Kudermetova in Stuttgart.

The 27th-ranked Kostyuk was under pressure from the start as Rybakina broke her serve and sealed the first set in just 30 minutes.

Kostyuk had surprised herself with her run to the final, including three consecutive wins over top-10 players Zheng Qinwen, Coco Gauff and Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova. Kostyuk saved five match points against Zheng in the round of 16.

“I have to say, how incredibly proud I am to see so many Ukrainian flags out here this week. Thank you so much, guys, for coming,” Kostyuk said after her third final.

Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina speaks after winning the Women Singles tennis...

Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina speaks after winning the Women Singles tennis tournament of Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday April 21, 2024. Credit: AP/Marijan Murat

Kostyuk won her maiden title in Austin last year, and was runner-up in San Diego last month.

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