Karin Knapp from Italy returns a ball to Italy's Roberta Vinci during the final of the Nuremberg Cup tennis tournament in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday May 23, 2015. ( Daniel Karmann/dpa, via AP)
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May 23, 2015

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Karin Knapp defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 to win the Nuremberg Cup final on Saturday.

The sixth-seeded Knapp forced 17 break points and converted seven - three of those in the final set - to beat her fourth-seeded compatriot in 2 hours, 6 minutes.

Vinci had a walkover to the final of the clay-court tournament after the second-seeded Angelique Kerber pulled out of their semifinal with back problems.

The 32-year-old Vinci, who appeared to tire in the final set, missed out on her 10th career title, while the 48th-ranked Knapp celebrated her second.

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