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Aravane Rezai wins Bali title after opponent Marion Bartoli retires hirt
November 10th, 2009

Aravane Rezai claimed her second career trophy with a 7-5 win at the Bali Tournament of Champions as fellow Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli quit with a thigh injury after the first set.

Rezai’s win should see her break into the WTA top 30 for the first time.

The victory in 62 minutes – it ended on a Bartoli double-fault – was the first all-French singles final on the Tour since Amelie Mauresmo beat Mary Pierce at the Paris Indoors in 2006.

The title was the second of her career for the 44th-ranked Rezai, following her win at Strasbourg in May.

“It’s a great feeling to be here in the final, I’m very sorry for Marion that this happened,” said the winner of a career-best $US200,000 ($220,000).

“I’d prefer to win in a different way, but it’s tennis, a lot of different things happen. I was really motivated to win here.”

Rezai now stands 2-2 in career finals after finishing runner-up in 2007 at Istanbul against Elena Dementieva and in 2008 at Auckland against Lindsay Davenport.

Bartoli dropped to 5-6 lifetime in singles finals after her disappointment on the tropical Indonesian resort island.

The number 12 had been bidding for a year-end number 10 finish had she claimed the trophy.

“I’m crying right now, but I’m so happy to be here,” said Bartoli, runner-up at Bali three years ago when it was part of the regular WTA Tour.

“Aravane had a wonderful week and played some great tennis.

“My leg was hurting. I tried my best to carry on, but it was too much pain. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to finish today.”

Top seed Bartoli had been bidding for a third title of the season.

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