Pironkova seals Sydney title

  • Last Updated: January 10 2014, 13:51 GMT

Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova completed her stunning week in Sydney by walking away with the Apia International title.

Tsvetana Pironkova: Maiden title for Bulgarian qualifier
Tsvetana Pironkova: Maiden title for Bulgarian qualifier

Pironkova knocked out former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the last four and defeated fifth seed Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-4 in the final to lift her first WTA trophy.

Pironkova, 26, had previously been best known for her exploits on grass but marked herself out as one to watch at the Australian Open.

She said: "Now that I finally have it, it's all surreal. I still cannot believe it, honestly."

"I was nervous but tried my hardest not to show it. I was trying to concentrate so hard that I only saw the ball - I was only watching the ball. I was like, 'Okay, just watch the ball and follow every point'."

The beaten Kerber admitted the best player had won.

The German said: "It was a very tough match and she was playing unbelievably well and she deserved to win the match and the tournament.

"I was just trying to play my game and find my rhythm - I gave everything but she was too good. I can take lots of positives from the past two weeks and had lots of good matches before Melbourne, which was my goal."

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