Sydney, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Tsvetana Pironkova capped off a
memorable week at the Apia International Sydney with a 6-4, 6-4 win over
German Angelique Kerber in Friday's final.
The 26-year-old Bulgarian qualifier beat three consecutive Top 10 opponents --
world No. 7 Sara Errani, No. 6 Petra Kvitova and No. 9 Kerber -- in straight
sets to capture her first WTA title.
Pironkova, ranked 107th, had been winless in her previous seven semifinal
matches before stunning Kvitova on Thursday. She became the first qualifier to
win a Premier event since Ekaterina Makarova's triumph at Eastbourne in 2010.
The fifth-seeded Kerber fell to 3-6 in career finals.
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