Pavlyuchenkova, Makarova Capture WTA Titles
by Staff | February 3rd, 2014, 12:12 am
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Russians Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova captured WTA titles over the weekend in Paris and Pattaya City respectfully.

The unseeded Pavlyuchenkova won the Open GDF Suez in Paris, in the final upsetting No. 3 seed Sara Errani 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. En route to the final the Russian also ousted Top 10 players Angie Kerber and Maria Sharapova.

Down 3-1 in the third set, Pavlyuchenkova won five straight games to run out the match.

“I was a little stressed because I was missing some shots and she was so solid,” she said. “Also, I was serving so well throughout the tournament and there were times today where I was struggling on serve. But I knew it was from my side, so if I just focused and kept fighting I could get it back.”

Pavlyuchenkova improved to 6-3 in WTA finals, while Errani fell to 7-8.

The No. 4-seeded Makarova won the PTT Pattaya Open, in the final beating unseeded Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-6(7).

Makarova fought off two set points in the second set tiebreak.

“She was playing really good tennis and serving really well,” she said. “I needed to be very focused on my return. I was a little bit nervous at the end, but I’m really happy to win my second title.”

Makarova improved to 2-2 in career WTA finals, and Pliskova fell to 1-1.


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