Pauline Parmentier has claimed her third career WTA title after battling past Slovenian Polona Hercog to win the Istanbul Cup.
The Frenchwoman needed 2 hours 13 minutes to carve out a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win, although she was helped by a generous opponent along the way.
“This is just awesome. It was a perfect week,” world number 122 Parmentier said. “I didn’t expect to be here today and to have the trophy.”
“I’m a bit disappointed today but we did a great job this week,” added Hercog, who had won the pair’s only previous meeting in 2011 but amassed 34 unforced errors in this final.
The win leaves Parmentier with a perfect record of three wins in three finals, and gives her a first title since 2008.
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