Lucic-Baroni stuns Venus for first title in 16 years

Lucic-Baroni stuns Venus for first title in 16 years

Croatia`s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni stunned Venus Williams 6-4 6-3 to win the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City on Sunday, 16 years after her last WTA Title.

It is a record for the longest gap between titles, following her previous triumph in Bol, Croatia in 1998.

The 32-year-old former Wimbledon semi-finalist disappeared from the WTA Tour from 2004-06 but has rekindled her career and recently reached the U.S. Open fourth round, beating world number two Simona Halep on the way.

"It`s been so long," she said on the WTA website. "I`m finally playing the great tennis I always knew I could play, but it had been so long that I kind of lost a little bit of the belief in myself."  

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