Paris Open: Mona Barthel beats Sara Errani to claim her second WTA Title
Mona Barthel upset the odds to defeat top seed Sara Errani in the final of the Paris Open on Sunday.
Last Updated: 03/02/13 4:36pm
The World number 45 from Germany ended her opponents stubborn resistance after one hour and 56 minute to win 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) in the French capital.
The title was Barthel's second on the WTA Tour following her maiden triumph in Hobart a year ago and she follows in the footsteps of last year's champion and compatriot Angelique Kerber by winning the tournament.
Barthel made the first breakthrough at 4-3 in the first set, but she spurned a chance to close it out in the following game as Errani broke back immediately.
However, the 22-year-old from Bad Segeberg soon earned a second chance at 6-5 as a fizzing backhand down the line brought up two set points which she duly converted as the world number seven fired long.
Italian Errani refused to surrender in the second set, fighting back from 4-2 down to extend the contest to a tie-break.
And Barthel's nerves began to show as she carved out three match points only for the Italian to save them all.
But it proved merely a stay of execution for Errani as Barthel eventually clinched victory at the fourth time of asking with a thumping forehand winner.
"It was a bit complicated to wrap it up but it was my first final in as big an event. I was feeling the tension," admitted Barthel.
"It has been a beautiful week. I was not expecting to win such a tournament. This will be a great year, I think."