Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her first title in nearly a year Sunday, beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-3 in the Grand Prix SAR final.
The sixth-seeded Schiavone was dominant in the first set, breaking the Spaniard twice and not facing a single break point.
Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion now ranked 48th, celebrated her first victory since winning the Strasbourg Open last May. The Italian didn't drop a set all tournament en route to winning her sixth title.
''This was a great week for me after a long, very difficult period,'' Schiavone said. ''I think my two toughest matches of the week were my first match against (Petra) Martic, a very talented young player, and of course today against Lourdes. I played a really complete game today. It's never easy to play her.''
Dominguez Lino broke in the fourth game of the second set to lead 3-1, but Schiavone broke straight back and saved further break points in the next game before breaking again to take...