Errani trounces Strycova to win Dubai tennis title

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 21, 2016 02:26 PM
Errani trounces Strycova to win Dubai tennis title
Italian Sara Errani kisses with the trophy after she beat Barbora Strycova from the Czech Republic during the final match of the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

SANDRA HARWITT, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sara Errani of Italy trounced Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-2 to win her ninth career title at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday.

Errani was a runner-up in Dubai before, losing the 2013 final to Petra Kvitova.

"It's an unexpected title for me," Errani said. "You work to be ready for the matches, but you never know which days you can play better or worse. The only thing I know is that I was ready to suffer, to stay on the court if there were bad moments."

Strycova was trailing 6-0, 2-0 when the crowd cheered her as she came out to serve the third game. After Strycova finally won that game with a backhand volley, she raised her hands in a victory gesture.

"This is one of the days where you try everything and then nothing is working," Strycova said. "I tried everything and I couldn't put one ball in. I don't know why, what happened, but it's just sometimes how it is in tennis."

Errani became the first Italian to win the Dubai title on her fifth match point when Strycova netted the final shot.


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