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Posted on: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tennis: Dementieva defeats Safarova to win Paris title


Associated Press

PARIS (AP) Top-seeded Elena Dementieva recovered from a set down to beat Lucie Safarova 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Open GDF Suez today.

It was the second victory of the season for the world's No. 7-ranked player, who won earlier this year in Sydney. Dementieva finished off her 16th professional title in 2 hours, 17 minutes.

In the decider, Dementieva made the decisive break in the seventh game and clinched victory on her fourth match point when Safarova buried a backhand in the net.