PARIS: Nadia Petrova came back from a set down to beat Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday and win the Open Gaz de France.

The Russian player won her seventh career title and first since beating Tatiana Golovin at Stuttgart, Germany, in October 2006. She had lost her two previous finals in straight sets, against Anna Chakvetadze at Moscow and Maria Sharapova at Linz, Austria.

Safarova saved three match points, but Petrova clinched the win when the Czech's powerful forehand bounced out. AP

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