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Hantuchova captures Birmingham title

Birmingham, England (Sports Network) - Slovakian veteran Daniela Hantuchova beat Croat Donna Vekic in Sunday's final at the Aegon Classic, a grass-court Wimbledon tune-up.

Hantuchova defeated Vekic by a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 margin at Edgbaston Priory Club.

The 30-year-old Hantuchova, who was the 2011 Birmingham runner-up to Sabine Lisicki, claimed her first title since last year in Pattaya City. She improved to 6-9 in finals.

The 16-year-old Vekic was playing in her second WTA final, having lost in Uzbekistan last year. She was trying to become the youngest champion in the tournament's history.

Hantuchova took home $40,000 with the victory.

06/16 10:59:18 ET