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Lucie Safarova wins the Bell Challenge in Quebec

Updated: Monday, 16 Sep 2013 11:03 | Comments

Lucie Safarova won in straight sets
Lucie Safarova won in straight sets

Lucie Safarova beat Marina Erakovic in straight sets in the final of the Bell Challenge in Quebec to register the fifth WTA title of her career.

Third-seeded Czech Safarova was rarely in trouble against the sixth-seeded Erakovic, needing just 89 minutes to register a 6-4 6-3 win.

The victory marks Safarova's first WTA title in more than five years, having last tasted success at Forest Hills in 2008.

New Zealander Erakovic had to be content with a second runner-up finish in Quebec in the last three years, and admitted she found it hard against the left-hander.

"I really tried hard to get things right, but Lucie made it very difficult for me today," Erakovic said on wtatennis.com.

"She played solid and didn't let up her lead at all. And I was struggling to find my rhythm with her lefty serve and in the rallies - so I just have to take my hat off to her and move on now."

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