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Chakvetadze wins seventh WTA title

AFP , PARIS

Anna Chakvetadze from Russia reacts after her win against Hungary's Agnes Szavay in the final of the Gaz de France WTA Open in Paris, France, on Sunday.

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Top seed Anna Chakvetadze of Russia claimed her seventh WTA title on Sunday, beating Hungary's Agnes Szavay in three sets at the Paris Indoor Open.

The 20-year-old from Moscow maintained her unbeaten record in finals with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 victory in 2 hours and 5 minutes against seventh-seed Szavay.

"It just happened that I won all seven finals. I don't think it's amazing it just happened," Chakvetadze said.

"I had to fight for it, but I'm very happy with this win. I think I deserve it. I knew that she would fight to the end and never give up."

Szavay, 19, had a disastrous start giving away five double faults in her first two service games to find herself 0-4 down after 15 minutes.

Despite a sixth double fault Szavay finally held her serve and came back to 3-4 but her world number seven opponent held and broke to love to take the first set in 37 minutes.

The situation was reversed in the second set with the 20th-ranked Hungarian responding to some motivating words from her coach to take a 4-0 advantage and keep herself in the tie as Chakvetadze lost just her second set in seven finals.

The Russian was treated for a left shoulder problem just before the third set and had to save two break points in the fifth game, before gaining the edge when she broke in the following game.

The break proved crucial as Chakvetadze nailed the title on her second match point to succeed compatriot Nadia Petrova and become the third Russian to hold the Paris title.

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