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Qualifier Llagostera Vives extends Bogota dominance in final

2/24/2008 - Tennis

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Spanish qualifier Nuria Llagostera Vives won her second WTA Tour title, defeating Maria Emilia Salerni 6-0, 6-4 Sunday in the Copa Colsanitas final.

Despite sweeping the first set, Llagostera Vives rallied from 4-2 down in the second.

"I wanted to be aggressive for the entire match and not give my opponent any chance, not let her breathe," Llagostera Vives said.

She didn't drop a set in winning three matches in qualifying, then five in the main draw. She said going through qualifying helped her adapt to playing at a a high altitude.

Emilia Salerni, the junior world champion in 2000, played in her first career final.

Llagostera Vives, ranked 114th, won her other title in 2005. She missed most of 2006 with a right wrist injury.