WTA Sydney International: Tsvetana Pirokova clinches maiden title

Last Updated: 10/01/14 11:07am

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Tsvetana Pironkova: Maiden title for Bulgarian qualifier

Tsvetana Pironkova: Maiden title for Bulgarian qualifier

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Qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova capped a stunning week by defeating Angelique Kerber to lift the Sydney International title.

The world No 107 beat her third top-10 ranked player 6-4 6-4 to head into the Australian Open on a high after claiming her first WTA tour title.

The Bulgarian, whose best form has come on grass and is a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, reached her first final when seeing off second seed Petra Kvitova and third seed Sara Errani.

And her powerful backhand constantly had German left-hander Kerber under pressure and she finished the stronger despite playing her eighth match in as many days.

She broke the fifth seed six times in a physical contest and will now need to rest up ahead of a first round match against Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa in Melbourne.

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