Golovin defeats Petrova for 1st WTA title

SPORTS DIGEST

April 09, 2007

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Tatiana Golovin beat Nadia Petrova, 6-2, 6-1, yesterday for her first WTA Tour singles title at the Bausch & Lomb Championships at the Amelia Island Plantation.

Golovin was appearing in her fourth championship match but had been runner-up in each of the three previous finals.

This time, there was no denying the French teenager. Golovin answered nearly all of top-seeded Petrova's booming but erratic serves and most of her blistering ground strokes.

But her best tactic was to wait until the defending champion made one of her 27 unforced errors.

Petrova was seeking her first successful title defense. She rolled through her first four matches in the tournament without losing a set. But she was broken in her first two serves and again in her fourth serve.

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