Dinara Safina wins Slovenia Open final in 3 sets

Updated: 27 July 2009 10:06 IST

Top-ranked Dinara Safina won her 12th WTA tournament on Sunday, rallying to beat defending champion Sara Errani of Italy 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-5.

Portoroz, Slovenia:

Top-ranked Dinara Safina won her 12th WTA tournament on Sunday, rallying to beat defending champion Sara Errani of Italy 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-5 at the Slovenia Open.

It was the first loss at the tournament for the fifth-seeded Errani, whose only two titles came at Palermo and Portoroz last year.

Safina, the first top-ranked player to compete at the Slovenia Open, lost to Venus Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals in June.

"I really wanted to win this tournament," Safina said.

The 38th-ranked Errani and Safina each dropped serve four times in the first set. Safina swiftly took a 4-0 lead in the second set.

In the decider, Safina broke four times and dropped serve three times. Errani had to receive treatement for a leg injury.

Topics : Tennis
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