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The annual Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament saw Aljaz Bedene win his first tournament since becoming a British citizen earlier this year.

The Slovenian-born 25-year-old, who is second only to Andy Murray in the UK rankings, was crowned champion on the final day of the tournament after winning a super tie break 13-11 against Paulo Andujar earlier in the week.

The tournament, which took a round robin format, saw Pablo Andujar and Aljaz Bedene tied with two wins and one loss. As a result, the new Brit was crowned champion.

Speaking after his victory, Bedene said: “I am very proud to be a winner at Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament. It’s been a fantastic event and I am now feeling much more confident for Wimbledon.”

Tournament director Anders Borg said: “It was a great win from Aljaz in a very competitive tournament.”

This year’s event also featured Iranian superstar Mansour Bahrami, three time grand slam doubles champion Peter McNamara and five-time champion Anders Jarryd.

Meanwhile, the women’s final was played between Romanian Ana Bogdan and Elena Bogdan.

The duo battled it out in an intense match and portrayed smart rallies, often finalized by winning shots glued down the line or in opposite pocket of where the opponent was positioned.

Although both players are hard hitters and competitive opponents, they applauded happily each other’s performances.

The intense final was enjoyed by a full audience of spectators.

It was a close call in the second set, as Elena almost made it hers, after Ana won the first set 6-3. Ana managed though to keep fighting spirits up, eventually winning the tiebreak in the second set 7-5.

Final score was 6-3, 7-6 to Ana Bogdan.

Ana has reached a high in the singles world rankings of no. 304 as of 17 March 2014. She is of no apparent relation to Elena Bogdan – they were born six months apart.