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Safina too strong in Portoroz

Safina too strong in Portoroz
By Reuters

26/07/2009 at 23:38Updated

Russian world number one Dinara Safina beat Italian Sara Errani 6-7 6-1 7-5 to win the Slovenia Open tournament in Portoroz.

"You (Errani) were a hard time for me but I really wanted to win this tournament," Safina said.

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.

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