WTA Tour

Barthel upsets Errani in Paris

2013-02-03 17:33
Mona Barthel (AP)

Paris - World No 45 Mona Barthel of Germany upset the odds to beat top seed Sara Errani of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) in the final of the Paris Open on Sunday.

Barthel seemingly had the edge on several occasions in the French capital only for seventh-ranked Errani to reel her opponent back in before the German finally ended Errani's dogged resistence after one hour and 56 minutes.

The title was Barthel's second on the WTA Tour following her maiden triumph in Hobart a year ago.

Bidding to follow in the footsteps of last year's champion and compatriot Angelique Kerber, Barthel made the first breakthrough at 4-3 in the first set, punishing a weak second serve from Errani on break point, but the German spurned a chance to close it out in the following game as Errani broke back immediately.

However, the 22-year-old earned a second chance at 6-5 as a fizzing backhand down the line brought up two set points with Barthel duly converting as Errani fired long.

The pair then exchanged early service breaks in the second before Barthel clawed in front again at 4-2.

A subsequent hold presented the German an opportunity to serve for the championship, but Errani once more refused to surrender and broke to get back on serve.

With the world No 7 then serving to extend the contest and force a tie-break at 5-6, Errani appeared doomed as Barthel carved out two match points only for the Italian to save the first with a swinging volley after a long rally before Barthel misfired with the return on the second.

It proved merely a stay of execution for Errani, though, as Barthel clinched victory at the fourth time of asking with a thumping forehand winner in the tie-break.

Read more on:    paris open  |  wta tour  |  sara errani  |  tennis
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents
Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.