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Safina rallies to beat Errani and win Slovenia Open

Last Updated: Monday, July 27, 2009 - 10:27

Slovenia: Russian world number one Dinara Safina beat Italian Sara Errani 6-7, 6-1, 7-5 to win the Slovenia Open tournament.
"You (Errani) were a hard time for me but I really wanted to win this tournament," Safina told reporters.

Fifth seed and world number 38 Errani initially looked to have got the better of Safina when she took the first set 7-6.

The 23-year old Russian, who sailed into the finals without losing a set, increased the pressure in the second set to win four straight games and lead 5-1.

Despite a thigh injury, 2008 Slovenia Open winner Errani, 22, stepped up her game again in the third set and pulled back to 5-4 before Safina sealed victory after 172 minutes.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, July 27, 2009 - 10:27
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