Shvedova tops Santangelo in final at Sony Ericsson

Feb 18, 2007 - 11:21 PM BANGALORE, India (Ticker) -- Russian Yaroslava Shvedova made her first appearance in a final count.

Shvedova, who had never before reached a quarterfinal of an event, won her first WTA tour title on Sunday at the $175,000 Sony Ericsson International.

Shvedova posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Mara Santangelo of Italy in the final. The unseeded 19-year-old beat the defending champion in 96 minutes.

Earlier in the week, the teenager topped seventh-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn in the second round and No. 2 seed Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals.

"I'm so excited I can't stop shaking," Shvedora said. "To win my first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title is amazing and such a surprise. When I played Shikha Uberoi in the first round and Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals, I had to play against home favorites and I'm so far from home. But since then the fans have been wonderful, I love them and they have been on my side. Today I feel like Sania Mirza."

A break in the seventh game of the opening set was the opening Shvedova needed after trading breaks early on. She came through with another break of Santangelo early in the second set and held to win $25,840.

Ranked 143rd going into the tournament, Shvedova's best showing before reaching her first career final was a second-round appearance at Philadelphia in 2005 and Memphis last year.

The 36th-ranked Santangelo fell to 9-1 all-time in this event.






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