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French teen Golovin too much for Petrova

4/8/2007 - Tennis

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Tatiana Golovin beat Nadia Petrova
6-2, 6-1 Sunday for her first WTA Tour singles title at the Bausch
& Lomb Championships at the Amelia Island Plantation.

Golovin was appearing in her fourth championship but had been
runner-up in each of the three previous finals. This time, there
was no denying the French teenager.

Golovin answered nearly all of the top-seeded Petrova's booming
but erratic serves and most of her blistering groundstrokes. But
her best tactic was to wait until the defending champion made one
of her 27 unforced errors.

"I forced myself to be aggressive and stay aggressive and use
my forehand," Golovin said. "That kind of put pressure on her.
She probably felt she needed to go for the big shots and that's
where her mistakes came from."

Petrova was seeking her first successful title defense. She
rolled through her first four matches in the tournament without
losing a set and declared the green clay at Amelia Island among her
favorite surfaces to play on.

But she was broken in her first two serves and again in her
fourth serve. All four points she lost in the latter break came on
unforced errors, which she agreed was uncharacteristic of her game.

"What I can say is that it is just a lack of concentration. In
some situations I was going for too much in trying to finish it
off," Petrova said. "I didn't have enough energy really to stick
in the balls today. I didn't have quite the desire either,
especially after I lost the fist set."

The second set wasn't any better for the defending champion. She
lost her serve three times. She saved triple match point with a
backhanded winner, but when her forehand was ruled out down the
sideline, Golovin threw up her hands in celebration, ready to
accept her trophy and first-place check of $95,500.

"The experience of beating Venus [Williams] and Ana [Ivanovic]
this week, especially Ivanovic since I had never beaten her in the
past, it gives you confidence," Golovin said. "Today I knew that
I could beat Petrova. I knew I had the weapons to do so."

Petrova wasn't slated to play next week at the Family Circle Cup
in Charleston, S.C.. She said it could be time to for her take a
rest.

"I was a bit surprised that I was tired," Petrova said. "I
felt good in the warmup but then on the court I felt the fatigue
starting to kick in. Maybe it's not only the physical tiredness, I
feel mentally tired too. It might be time to take a break and take
a couple days off."