Paris - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia has beaten third-seeded Sara Errani of
Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Open GDF Suez for her
sixth career title.
Pavlyuchenkova captured her first title of the season and her first since winning the Portugal Open in May 2013.
The unseeded Russian dictated the points, making 48 winners to 18 for Errani.
won seven straight games to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the first set
and lead 2-0 in the second. But Pavlyuchenkova responded by also winning
seven straight games to even the match and lead 1-0 in the third.
the final set, Pavlyuchenkova hit a backhand return winner to break for
a 5-3 lead and sealed the victory with a forehand winner.
got off to a good start by breaking Errani in the third game. But she
made numerous unforced errors to squander that advantage, dropping serve
at 3-2 with a wide backhand and at 4-3 with a forehand into the net.
Errani hit a backhand drop shot to take the opening set.
broke Pavlyuchenkova in the opening game of the second set with a
forehand pass. Pavlyuchenkova saved a break point at 2-0 to stay in the
match and the momentum suddenly changed.
forehand return winners to break serve at 2-1 and 3-2 in the second set
before Errani sent a forehand long to lose the set.
decider, Errani capitalized on a backhand error from Pavlyuchenkova to
break for a 2-1 lead. However, Pavlyuchenkova broke back in the sixth
game when Errani's backhand sailed long.
defeated three top 10 players in the same tournament for the first time
in her career. She beat Maria Sharapova of Russia in the semifinals and
Angelique Kerber of Germany in the quarterfinals.
Errani lost in the final of the Paris tournament for the second straight time.