Prague - Lucie Safarova won her first title of the year by defeating Samantha
Stosur of Australia 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on clay in the Prague Open final on
Ranked 16th in the world, Safarova defeated fellow Czech
Karolina Pliskova to get into the final, while Stosur enjoyed a
walkover when Russia's Svetlana Kuznestova withdrew due to a thigh
Safarova, who lost to Serena Williams in the French Open
final last year, struggled on serve in the opening set and was soon 0-2
The Australian then had problems of her own on serve in the
second set, four double faults allowing the home player to move ahead.
The deciding set was a cliff-hanger with 29-year-old Safarova breaking to love to lead 4-3 before serving twice for the win.
was her first title success since Doha in February of last year and
follows an injury-hit start to the season that saw her crash out five
times at the first round stage.