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Asthma hampered Klara Zakopalova during Rio Open defeat

Klara Zakopalova says that she found it difficult to breathe during her defeat 6-1 4-6 6-1 to Kurumi Nara in the final of the Rio Open.

Klara Zakopalova has said that she found it difficult to breathe during her defeat to Kurumi Nara in Sunday's Rio Open final.

The Czech entered the event as the top seed, but she fell at the last hurdle, losing 6-1 4-6 6-1 to Nara in a humid 32°C environment.

"I have an asthma problem so I couldn't breathe," Zakopalova told reporters. "But it's not an excuse. Well done to Kurumi. She deserved it. She played really well."

Zakopalova has now lost six consecutive singles finals.

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Kurumi Nara of Japan pose with her trophy after being defeated to Klara Zakopalova of Czech Republic during the ATP Rio Open 2014 at Jockey Club Rio de Janeiro on February 23, 2014
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