The final of the very prestigious Premier Level Open GDF SUEZ tournament was played indoors on Sunday afternoon in Paris. Vying for the title were 26th ranked Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 7th ranked and third seeded Italian Sara Errani. The Russian’s route to the final came after she dropped the middle set against Francesca Schiavone, followed by a similar result against 7th seed Carla Suarez Navarra. She lost the first set in her match against 4th seed Angelique Kerber in the quarters and then extended her excellent run when she defeated top seed Maria Sharapova in the semis. Errani had a bye in the first round and had easy straight sets victories against Karin Knapp and Elina Svitolina before playing a wonderful three hour match to defeat Alize Cornet in the semis.
Pavlyuchenkova got an early break in the first set to lead 2-1 before the Italian fought back to lead 4-3 and she then went on to take the set at 6-3 in 43 minutes. Pavlyuchenkova started the second set and was immediately broken. Pavlyuchenkova broke to level at 2-2 and get back on serve. She then got another break and went on to lead 5-2 with Errani serving to stay in the set and broke a final time to take it at 6-2. Errani built up a 3-1 lead in the decider before Pavlyuchenkova took the next five games to take the set at 6-3 after almost two hours on court, for the biggest win of her career.
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