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Garrigues rallies, dominates in tiebreaker for third career Strasbourg win

5/24/2008 - Tennis

STRASBOURG, France -- Anabel Medina Garrigues rallied to defend her Strasbourg International title on Saturday, beating Katarina Srebotnik 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 to win the clay-court tournament for the third time.

The sixth-seeded Spaniard overcame a slow start, beating the fifth-seeded Slovenian after the match was interrupted by rain halfway through.

Medina Garrigues faced eight break points in the first set, and Srebotnik broke her twice to take early control.

Both players lost serve three times in the second, but Medina Garrigues held her nerve in the tiebreaker. She then totally dominated the decider with Srebotnik winning only 33 percent of first-serve points and breaking three straight times.

Medina Garrigues, who also won here in 2005, has eight career titles. It was her first since winning Strasbourg last year.