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Angelique Kerber Wins First WTA Title in Paris

13 February 2012

YONEX tennis player Angelique Kerber (VCORE 100S) won at the Open GDF SUEZ final on Sunday, defeating No.7 Marion Bartoli with a 7-6(3) 5-7 6-3 victory, clinching her first WTA title.

Angelique exhibited exceptionally powerful plays throughout the game. Despite losing the second set, she maintained her persistence, and got a 4-0 lead from the beginning of the third set. In the end, she closed the two-hour-and-39-minute match in the center court.

Angelique defeated No.1 seed Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinal in straight sets, 6-4 6-4, moving through the semifinal, and advancing to the final—her first victory against a Top 10 player.

Maria Kirilenko (EZONE Xi 98, PTGP125) Finalist in Pattaya City

Maria advanced to the PPT Pattaya Open final, competing against third seeded Daniela Hantuchova. Maria won the 72-minute opening set with a tie-break, breaking her opponent's first game, but lost the close match with a score of 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3.

She will play at the Qatar Total Open 2012 this week along with Caroline Wozniacki (VCORE 100S), Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Xi 98) and Angelique Kerber (VCORE 100S).