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Paszek wins the Slovenia Open

Sept. 24, 2006 at 6:39 PM   |   Comments

PORTOROZ, Slovenia, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Teenager Tamira Paszek Sunday was a surprise winner of the Slovenia Open Tennis Tournament in Portoroz, Slovenia.

The 15-year-old native of Austria, who was a qualifier, beat No. 6 seed Maria Elena Camerin of Italy, 7-5, 6-1.

It was the first title for Paszek, as Camerin failed in the quest for her first crown.

"The first set was quite important; she was up 5-4 and had set points on my serve," Paszek said. "But I held and won the set which was important for me and I got more confidence. It's a perfect ending for me."

At 15 years, nine months and 18 days, Paszek is the youngest player to win a title this year -- beating a 17-year-old Michaella Krajicek of Netherlands -- and the seventh-youngest in history.

Camerin has never won a WTA event. This was her second career final, as she also lost at Casablanca in 2001.

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