Germany's Kerber beats Bartoli in Paris final

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PARIS (AP) — Angelique Kerber of Germany won her first WTA title Sunday, overpowering second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 in the Open GDF Suez final.

Kerber became the first German to win the Paris tournament since Steffi Graf in 1995. Kerber, a U.S. Open semifinalist, won the match with a forehand winner.

After a first set with four service breaks, Kerber capitalized on an unforced error from Bartoli to take a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker. She took the opening set when the Frenchwoman's backhand sailed long.

Kerber then whipped a forehand crosscourt winner to break for a 2-0 lead in the next set. But she failed to serve out the match at 5-3, with Bartoli winning four straight games to even the match with an ace.

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