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Tamarine defends WTA title

sports Updated: Jun 20, 2009 18:53 IST
Tamarine defends WTA title

Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn defended her title here at the WTA grasscourt tournament on Saturday beating Belgian teenager Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 7-5.

The 32-year-old, ranked 47 in the world, had little trouble with the 19-year-old Belgian, who is ranked 72, as she played a virtually error free game from the back of the court.

It was Tamarine's third career WTA tournament victory.

"It is true it is a tournament that is a success for me," said Tamarine, who on Friday had knocked out world number one Dinara Safina.

"It is unbelievable what has happened this week, yet again!" added Tamarine, who added this title to the ones she won here last year and Hyderabad in 2003.

Wickmayer, who has won just one of three of the WTA finals she has contested, conceded that she had been second best.

"Tamarine deserved this victory today (Saturday). She was too solid," said Wickmayer.

The men's final is between the unseeded duo of Germany's Benjamin Becker and Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands.