Barthel, Pavlyuchenkova win Prague, Morocco titles

German qualifier Mona Barthel defeated Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic to win the Prague Open over the weekend.

The 26-year-old Barthel needed three sets to beat unseeded Pliskova 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a match lasting just under two hours.

The key break for Barthel came in the sixth game of the third set for her to lead 4-2 and claim her fourth WTA title and the first since 2014, on her second match point.

In an interview after her victory, Barthel said she was happy to have won but was exhausted.

"I can't believe it," Barthel said. "Somehow, I made it. I'm completely exhausted."

while Pliskova said she was disappointed at not been able to win a second WTA title. "I'm sorry I didn't make it," said Pliskova.

Pavlyuchenkova wins Rabat title

Russian top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy to win the Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem crown on Saturday and her 10th WTA singles title.

Pavlyuchenkova was a straight sets winner, seeing off Schiavone 7-5, 7-5 in one hour and 44 minutes as both came into the Morocco final having won their last nine matches on the trot.

The 25-year-old Pavlyuchenkova came from two breaks down in the opening set to claim it 7-5. 

In the next set the Russian started well by breaking Schiavone's serve to lead 2-0 and though the Italian broke back twice, Pavlyuchenkova had the vital break in the 12th game to claim the second set and victory 7-5.

In her interview afterwards, Pavlyuchenkova said she was relieved to have won and was enjoying the moment.

"We've had tough matches before in the past on clay, so I knew it was going to be tough," the Pavlyuchenkova said. "I'm so happy and relieved I won. 

"It's always nice to win a title, any match – a win is a win, I always say. I love to win, so I'm happy and enjoying this moment now."

Schiavone said she felt that her opponent deserved the victory.

"I want to say a good job to this girl…when I met her, she was 19 years old and we were playing doubles," said Schiavone. "She grew up a lot [over the] years…congratulations, I think you deserve much more."