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Carolina Marin wins maiden title

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Carolina Marin (20) won her first Grand Prix title at the London Grand Prix on Sunday as she beat Kirsty Gilmour (20) of Scotland in a match between two of Europe's most promising women's singles players.

It was Gilmour, who began strongly against Marin and led 15-8 in the battle of the 20-year-olds. But Marin reeled her in to draw level at 18-18 before taking the opening game. In the second game the third seed started strongly to open up an 11-5 lead and never looked back.

Gilmour admitted: "This is my first major final. Maybe I wasn't ready to win it but getting to this point is a big positive for me. It's a great experience, "It was tricky. We've never played against each other before now so there was a little bit of figuring each other out at the start. I got ahead but she clawed it back but it was a really good game and I really enjoyed it.

"I just need to get a bit more solid in the longer rallies. I'm fit physically so it's just about getting pushed that little bit extra."

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