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Mauresmo tames Myskina

Philadelphia: Amelie Mauresmo turned the tables on Anastasia Myskina and ended a title drought of more than five months at the Advanta Championships on Sunday.

Mauresmo rallied to beat Myskina 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 in the final of the $585,000 indoor event.

“You beat me last time in Moscow, and now it’s my turn here in Philly,” Mauresmo told Myskina at the trophy ceremony.

The second-seeded Frenchwoman avenged a loss to Myskina in the final of the Kremlin Cup in October.

Mauresmo captured her second title of the year in five finals and first since the J and S Cup at Warsaw. She picked up the win when Venus Williams retired in third set of the final.

The 24-year-old beat Myskina for the third time in four meetings, notching her tenth career tournament victory.

“I felt at the beginning that it was tough physically to move well, especially after last night,” said Mauresmo, who outlasted Ai Sugiyama, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) 7-5, in the semi-final. “But as the match went on I felt I was moving better.”

This was the first loss in five finals this year for Myskina, who had triumphed at Doha, Sarasota, Leipzig and Moscow. The 22-year-old Russian earned $49,500.

Both Mauresmo and Myskina have qualified for the elite eight-player field for next week’s WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles. (AFP)

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