Errani tops Schmiedlova for Rio crown

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( – Top seed Sara Errani of Italy
beat Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia on Sunday to win the Rio Open.

Errani defeated Schmiedlova by a 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 margin to claim her first WTA
title since 2013 in Acapulco.

The 27-year-old Errani improved to 8-9 in finals, with seven of those wins
coming on clay.

It was a rough start to the year for Errani, who lost in the first round of
each of the season’s first two events in Auckland and Sydney before an early
third-round exit at the Australian Open.

The sixth-seeded Schmiedlova was playing in her first final.

Errani took home $43,000 with the victory.