Petrova wins Qatar Open

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Second-seeded Nadia Petrova beat second-ranked Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-3, 7-5 to win the final of the Qatar Open on Saturday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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Second-seeded Nadia Petrova beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 7-5 to win the final of the Qatar Open on Saturday. Petrova becomes the third Russian to win the Qatar title in six years, after Anastasia Myskina (twice) and Maria Sharapova. "I am absolutely delighted with my effort," Petrova said after winning her second career WTA Tour title. "I played my best match here in Doha today against probably the best player of the tournament". Game spirit Top-seeded Mauresmo, who had already won the Australian Open and two other titles this year, failed to earn the top-ranked position. "It's been a great week for me," Mauresmo said. "I think Nadia played a great match and won. Congratulations to her. I loved playing here in front of a lot of French fans". Playing mostly from the baseline, Petrova broke Mauresmo three times in the first set. The Russian then broke in game 11 of the second set and served out to win in one hour, 45 minutes. The No. 8th-ranked Petrova is now 2-4 head-to-head with Mauresmo. Petrova won $95,5000 and a Harley Davidson motorcycle, while Mauresmo picked up $51,000. Also on Saturday, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Ai Sugiyama of Japan won the doubles final 6-4, 6-4 against China's Ti Ling and Tiantian Sun. (AP)

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