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WTA Brasil Tennis Cup Saturday Tennis Reuslts




Florianopolis, Brazil

February 24-March 2, 2013

Results - Saturday, March 2, 2013
Singles - Final
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Olga Puchkova (RUS) 62 46 64

Doubles - Final (played Friday)
(1) Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. Keothavong/Savinykh (GBR/RUS) 60 64

Final Facts
- Niculescu wins her first WTA title; she is now 1-2 in WTA finals (she has been a runner-up twice in Luxembourg, to Azarenka in 2011 and V.Williams in 2012).
- Niculescu saved 3mp in her 57 76(7) 61 first round win over Medina Garrigues (triple match point down 6-3 in the second set tie-break); she is the second player to save match point en route to a WTA title this year (Erakovic saved 1mp in her first round match at Memphis last week).
- Puchkova falls to 0-3 in WTA finals (she was a runner-up twice in 2006).
- Puchkova's win over No.20-ranked V.Williams in the semifinals was her third Top 20 win (she had two Top 20 wins in 2006, one against Ivanovic and one against Jankovic).
- Medina Garrigues and Shvedova win their first WTA doubles title together; Medina Garrigues now has 19 WTA doubles titles to her name, Shvedova seven.

Final Quotes
Niculescu: "I was very tired and she was playing very well - it got very tough at the end. But I just kept fighting. I knew I had to be more aggressive but still think a lot on the court, and I was able to gain control of the match at the end again. I was very tired, so I am very happy I could win.

"I competed in two finals before and lost to Azarenka and Venus, and today I finally managed to win one - I'm so happy. I felt so tired on the court but really, really wanted to win, and right now I can't really explain how happy I feel. I'll just relax tonight and go to bed, and tomorrow I'll think about what I've done here. I think tomorrow I'll realize what I've accomplished.

"Definitely I will come here next year to defend my title. The transport, the food, the hotel - it was all fantastic. It was also near the mall and the beach is beautiful too. Everything was perfect."

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