8 Jan 2011

Greta Arn wins ASB Classic tennis final

5:36 pm on 8 January 2011

Little-known Hungarian Greta Arn has beaten the defending champion Yanina Wickmayer to capture the ASB Classic tennis title in Auckland.

Arn beat Wickmayer in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to win her second singles crown in 15 years on the WTA tour.

Arn arrived in Auckland without her luggage, her coach or a guaranteed place in the main draw, but knocked out the top seed from Russia and tournament favourite, Maria Sharapova, en route to the title.

The 31-year-old veteran, who represents Hungary but was borne in Germany, only qualified for the tournament after several players withdrew.

Arn dominated the much younger Belgian in all facets of the match, her strong serve and brutal groundstrokes proving too much for Wickmayer to handle.

Wickmayer looked out of sorts, missing shots she normally lands all match and she may have been feeling the effects of Friday's mammoth semi-final comeback win over China's Peng Shuai - her third three-setter of the tournament.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's hopes of a title at the ASB Classic in Auckland have been dashed after Marina Erakovic and her Swedish partner Sofia Arvidsson, were soundly beaten in the final on Saturday afternoon.

Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and the Czech Republic's Kveta Peschke easily beat Erakovic and Arvidsson 6-3 6-0.

The doubles final lasted just 51 minutes.