Parmentier wins Tashkent Open

Updated: 09 October 2007 06:45 IST

Pauline Parmentier of France won her first career WTA Tour final on Sunday, upsetting Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-2 in the final of the Tashkent Open.

Parmentier wins Tashkent Open

Tashkent:

Pauline Parmentier of France won her first career WTA Tour final on Sunday, upsetting top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-2 in the final of the Tashkent Open.

The 87th-ranked Parmentier was playing in only her third WTA event this season and had not made it past the second round before.

She upset second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the first round, third-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus in the semifinals and did not drop a set throughout the tournament.

"I'm really happy. But I do not know how it happened," said Parmentier.

The 18-year-old Azarenka, who reached the fourth round at the US Open, opened strongly and was leading 4-1 in the first set. Serving at 5-3, Azarenka failed to convert two set points and lost the next four games and the set.

She jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second set, but Parmentier won six consecutive games to clinch the title.

"I was nervous at the beginning but at 5-3 down in the first set I caught my rhythm and stayed concentrated for the rest of the match," Parmentier said.

It was also the first WTA final for the 38th-ranked Azarenka, who said she had been impressed with Parmentier throughout the week.

"Pauline played perfect tennis this week," Azarenka said. "I saw all her matches."



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