Italy’s Sara Errani earned her third tournament win of 2012 when she took out Russia’s Elena Vesnina 7-5, 6-4 for the Budapest Grand Prix title.
It’s career tournament victory number five for Errani who praised her opponent: “Elena was playing very strong today – my congratulations to her for that. I had to run a lot and fight hard to keep up with her today. I didn’t imagine to win any titles this year and now I have three!”
Earlier in the year Errani won Barcelona and Acapulco.
“I was playing very well at the beginning,” note Vesnina, “but Sara is the kind of player who destroys your game and makes you feel uncomfortable on the court. I tried to play aggressively throughout the match but the slow court suited Sara’s game better than it did mine, and all credit to her for winning.”
Errani has raised her clay win streak to 15 and is expected to crack the WTA top 25 on Monday.
BUDAPEST GRAND PRIX
April 30-May 5
Results – Saturday, May 5, 2012
Singles – Final
(1) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 75 64
Doubles – Final
Husarova/Rybarikova (SVK/SVK) d. Birnerova/Krajicek (CZE/NED) 64 62