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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Safina Upsets Mauresmo to Win Paris Open Title

APDinara Safina celebrating her victory point over Amelie Mauresmo in Sunday's game.
PARIS -- Russia's Dinara Safina upset hot local favorite Amelie Mauresmo to win the Paris Open with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory Sunday.

Safina, who was beaten by the Frenchwoman in the Australian Open second round last month, took advantage of Mauresmo's weak serve to clinch her third WTA title in a two hour and 19 minute match.

Second-seeded Mauresmo, a winner in Paris in 2001, has now lost three finals in the Pierre de Coubertin hall, including two previous defeats by Serena Williams in 1999 and 2003.

"She took her chance. She was very solid. I had many chances in the first set, which I didn't convert," said Mauresmo.

"Obviously, I didn't play my best tennis, but she deserves her win. I'm still weak on some technical points. My service was awful. I have to go on working."

Australian Open winner Marat Safin's younger sister Safina, who meets French teenager Tatiana Golovin in next week's Antwerp Open first round, said she had no time to celebrate her win.

"I've called my mum in Moscow to tell her since the game was not on television. And as Marat is at home, the whole family knows I've won," she said.

"The difference between this game and Melbourne's is the heat. In Australia, Amelie made me run a lot and I was just worn out."

Safina, hitting baseline winners, won the first set in an hour after breaking Mauresmo's serve three times in a row.

However, the Frenchwoman took a 2-0 lead in the second set before ramming the advantage home as she broke Safina again in the fifth game, forcing the Russian to a decider.

Three forehand errors by Mauresmo gave Safina a 3-1 lead in the final set, and the Russian then held serve before breaking an embittered Mauresmo again to serve for the match.

The Frenchwoman came back to 5-3 but eventually bowed out on Safina's first match point.

"Marat told me I needed to fight during the whole game. This is what I did today," said Safina.