Chris Oddo/ Sunday, September 15, 2013
Lucie Safarova battled past Marina Erakovic to claim her fifth career title at the Challenge Bell in Quebec City, 6-4, 6-3. on Sunday. The 26-year-old Czech improves her career record in WTA title matches to 5-7 and ends a five-year title drought with the victory. She had lost five previous finals since taking the Forest Hills title in 2008.
Lucie Safarova won her fifth career title and first since 2008 by defeating New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in
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The former world No. 17 is expected to return to a spot inside the WTA's top 35 with her title.
During a crucial game late in the match, Safarova saved both break points she faced in the second set with pinpoint serving to hold serve and take a 5-3 lead. She broke Erakovic in the next game on her third match point when the 25-year-old's forehand sailed just wide of the sideline.
Safarova saved five of six break points in the final, and increased her career head-to-head record against Erakovic to 2-0. She improves to 25-21 for 2013, while the loss drops Erakovic to a respectable 28-20.