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Kiki Bertens backhands a return to Julia Goerges in the finals of the 2018 Volvo Car Open at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island.

Shortly after winning the Volvo Car Open on Sunday, Kiki Bertens was presented with a cell phone and a dilemma as a curious crowd watched on stadium court on Daniel Island.

What kind of Volvo XC40 would she like to drive for the next two years?

"It was like, it went so fast," Bertens said with a laugh. "Oh, what do I want?"

For the record, Bertens chose a white, R-design version of the compact SUV, just one of the perks that comes with the biggest WTA Tour singles title of the 26-year-old Dutchwoman's career.

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Julia Goerges returns a shot to Kiki Bertens in the finals of the Volvo Car Open on Sunday April 8, 2018 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. Bertens won the championship match, 6-2, 6-1. Wade Spees/Staff

Bertens, seeded 12th, worked hard for her new Volvo and the $137,125 winner's check. On a cool, breezy Sunday on Daniel Island, she survived a tough three-set semifinal against No. 7 seed Madison Keys in a match postponed from Saturday, then rolled through No. 5 Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-1, in the final.

For the week, Bertens lost only one set in five matches while winning her fifth WTA Tour singles title, becoming the first Dutch player to win the title in Charleston.

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Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands celebrates the winning point in the Volvo Car Open championship match against Julia Goerges of Germany on Sunday April 8, 2018 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. Wade Spees/Staff

"I know I can play good on clay," said Bertens, who made the semifinals of the French Open in 2016 and is ranked No. 27 in the world. "But it was just a great feeling. I think in the final Julia didn't play her best, but I was just trying to play aggressive where I could, just to hit some balls in the court when she was making some errors."

She joins a list of champions in this tournament that includes greats such as Serena and Venus Williams, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

"It's just unbelievable," Bertens said. "I think I cannot really realize it yet, but I'm just so happy and proud, I think, of myself."

Goerges, a 29-year-old German ranked No. 13, had less than two hours of rest between the final and the completion of her 7-6, 6-3 semifinal win over No. 8 seed Anastasija Sevastorva. The match was postponed by rain at 4-4 in the first set on Saturday.

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Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands (left) meets Julia Goerges of Germany at the net after winning the Volvo Car Open championship on April 8, 2018 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. File/Wade Spees/Staff

"The semifinal today took a lot of mental effort from my side," said Goerges, who has five career WTA Tour titles. "I think one hour and 45 wasn't really quite enough to recover and be as well as I want to be prepared for a final.

"But I also have to give (Bertens) credit, because she played very solid. She didn't give a lot of mistakes."

Bertens' toughest match of the week came earlier Sunday in her semifinal match against Keys, postponed from Saturday by rain. Keys saved two match points and served for the victory twice but couldn't nail it down as Bertens held on to win 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5) in 2 hours, 42 minutes.

"It was a really tough match," Bertens said. "I think it was good tennis. It was tough because when we started it was really cold, so it was really different conditions than the rest of the week."

Keys, who loves playing in Charleston and has been here for six straight years, vowed to continue her quest to win the VCO. She made the finals in 2015, losing to Angelique Kerber.

"Always a good time in Charleston. I'll be back," Keys posted on Twitter.

Sevastova's fifth appearance in the VCO was her best as she made the semis for the first time.

"The tournament is great. Everything is great here," the 27-year-old from Latvia said. "I really like playing here. The center court is amazing. The food and hospitality of the tournament is great. We got to drive Volvo, (which) was also nice.

"Yeah, it's easier when you know that there's the last tournament in U.S., it's like that. It's easier to play it and you are like happy to go home, but you are still happy playing this tournament. Either way, I would not be playing this tournament if I would not like it. I would just go home after Miami."

• Alla Kudryavtseva and Katarina Srebotnik won the VCO doubles title 6-3, 6-3, over Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez.

• The Volvo Car Open drew 7,816 fans for Sunday's semifinals and finals, boosting the total attendance to 88,716 for the tournament.

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Volvo Vice President Katarina Fjording speaks with Kiki Bertens, who won the Volvo Car Open championship on Sunday April 8, 2018 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. Wade Spees/Staff

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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