Safarova wins fifth title

Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic won her fifth WTA title when she edged New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Bell Challenge in Quebec City on Sunday.

Third seed Safarova's serve proved a decisive weapon as the 26-year-old left-hander ended a five-year victory drought and improved her record in WTA finals to 5-7. "I hope it's not another five years until the next (title)," said Safarova, who was broken early in the first set but held serve the rest of the way.

Sixth seed Erakovic had her chances but the Croatian-born New Zealander squandered five break points. Safarova broke Erakovic four times on the indoor carpet.

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