Barthel upsets Errani to win Open GDF Suez final

Barthel upsets Errani to win Open GDF Suez final
February 3, 2013, 12:27 pm
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Sara Errani of Italy reacts during the final match against Mona Barthel of Germany at the 21st Gaz de France WTA Open 2013 tennis tournament at Coubertin stadium, in Paris, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)


PARIS (AP) Unseeded Mona Barthel of Germany won her second career title Sunday, upsetting top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Open GDF Suez final.

The seventh-ranked Errani was a heavy favorite as she chased her seventh career title and first this year, but the 45th-ranked Barthel stayed on a roll after beating fifth-seeded Roberta Vinci and No. 3-seeded Marion Bartoli on her way to the final.

Barthel played aggressively, with 53 winners and 50 unforced errors. She clinched the victory with a forehand winner. Her previous title came in Hobart, Australia, in January 2012, when she came through the qualifiers.