Germany’s Angelique Kerber won her first WTA title on Sunday, out-dueling second seed France’s Marion Bartoli 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 in the Open GDF Suez final in Paris.
“It means a lot for me. I know that I believe in myself now and that I can play with the top players. It’s my first title and I will enjoy it for sure in the coming days,” Kerber said.
“Yesterday was my seventh semi in a row. So I was very happy that I was in the final today. I had nothing to lose. She was the favorite. I just tried to play my game, focus on me and keep fighting every point, and it worked for me.”
The win makes Kerber the first German to win the Pairs indoor tournament since Steffi Graf in 1995.
“I gave everything I had and Angelique did the same,” Bartoli said. “You have to know when to accept defeat, though. It’s what sport is all about. I didn’t fluff my lines when it came to the final and I was simply beaten by a better player.”
OPEN GDF SUEZ
February 6-12, 2012