Pavlyuchenkova rallies past Errani for Paris title|
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova rallied past Sara
Errani to capture the GDF Suez Open title on Sunday.
Pavlyuchenkova earned a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in a see-saw final to capture
her sixth career WTA title. She improved to 6-3 all-time in finals.
The 22-year-old Russian went three sets in each of her five matches and
knocked off three of the tournament's top four seeds this week. She eliminated
fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, then stunned top-seeded
Maria Sharapova in the semis before beating the third-seeded Errani on Sunday.
Pavlyuchenkova opened a 3-1 lead in the first set Sunday, but watched Errani
run off the next seven games. The Italian held a game point for a 3-0 edge in
the second set, but Pavlyuchenkova saved it and went on to win the next seven
games to grab a 1-0 lead in the third.
"When I lost seven games in a row I don't really know what happened," said
Pavlyuchenkova. "Maybe I was a little stressed because I was missing some
shots and she was so solid. Also, I was serving so well throughout the
tournament and there were times today where I was struggling on serve. But I
knew it was from my side, so if I just focused and kept fighting I could get
Errani, though, battled back and won three straight before Pavlyuchenkova
again regrouped. The Russian dropped just six points the rest of the way and
finished the match with a forehand winner.
"I'm still very happy I could make the final," said Errani, who cited fatigue
after a three-hour semifinal against Alize Cornet on Saturday. "I had very
good matches from the first round, but I was a little bit more tired than
normal in the match today because of yesterday. It was very tough to recover.
But it was still a very good week for me."
Errani, coming off a surprising first-round loss at the Australian Open, fell
to 7-8 all-time in finals. She finished as the runner-up at this event for the
second straight year, falling to Mona Barthel in 2013.
Pavlyuchenkova beat Errani for the second time in as many meetings, also
winning a Fed Cup matchup in 2011.
02/02 14:58:09 ET