Errani defends Mexico Open crown

ESPN staff
March 3, 2013
Sara Errani won her seventh WTA title © AP

World No. 8 Sara Errani defended her Mexico Open title on Saturday, beating Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets.

In a meeting of the tournament's top seeds, Errani lived up to her 'favourite' status with a 6-0 6-4 demolition job that was almost as lop-sided as Rafael Nadal's triumph in the men's final.

Errani has been in good form of late, reaching the final in Dubai last week, and victory marks her first WTA title win of the year - and seventh overall.

It was her ability to attack the first serve of Navarro that made the difference in Acapulco, winning 31 of 51 points on offer. That allowed her to break seven times in an impressive display.

Elsewhere, at the Brasil Tennis Cup world No. 75 Monica Niculescu clinched victory in a tight three-setter against Olga Puchkova. Niculescu needed two hours to see off her Russian rival, winning 6-2 4-6 6-4.

And in the Malaysian Open, Bethanie Mattek-Sands was defeated 1-6 7-5 6-3 by Karolina Pliskova. It was the world No. 127's maiden WTA title triumph.

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