Pavlyuchenkova rallies over Errani to claim GDF Suez Open

Feb. 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

PARIS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova regrouped in the third set to overcome Sara Errani Sunday and claim her sixth career WTA title at the GDF Suez Open in Paris.

Pavlyuchenkova dropped the first and then battled from behind in each of the next two sets to post a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over the third-seeded Errani, improving to 6-3 all-time in finals.

The 22-year-old Russian was down 0-3 in the second set, but saved a game point and went on to win the next seven games to take a 1-0 lead in the third.

The Italian then reeled off three straight before Pavlyuchenkova again rallied. She dropped just six points the rest of the way en route to the victory.

Pavlyuchenkova had earlier ousted fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals and No. 1 seed Maria Sharapova in the semis.

Errani, who fell to 7-8 all-time in finals, claimed the runner-up spot in the Paris event for the second straight year after bowing to Mona Barthel in last year's finale.

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