Budapest - Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy won her third WTA title this year by defeating Elena Vesnina of Russia 7-5, 6-4 in the Budapest Grand Prix final at Romai Tennis Academy on Saturday.
Unseeded Vesnina opened the match with a service break and led 4-1. However, Errani began to apply heavy forehands with spin that earned her win four games in a row to take the first set.
In the second, Errani was 5-2 up before Vesnina regained her focus and charged back to within one point of leveling the score. Instead, Errani pulled herself together and earned her fifth career title on the WTA tour.
"Elena was playing very strong, I had to run a lot to return her shots," Errani said.
"I didn't imagine winning any title this year, and now I have won the third one."
This was Vesnina's sixth WTA final and she has lost all of them.
"I tried to play aggressive throughout the match but the slow court suited Sara's game better than my style of play," Vesnina said.