LIMOGES, France - Ekaterina Alexandrova upset defending champion and No.1 seed Caroline Garcia to win the Engie Open de Limoges on Sunday afternoon.
Playing in the biggest final of her career, World No.133 Alexandrova displayed no trace of nerves, recovering from a slow start to run away with a 6-4, 6-0 victory.
After dropping her opening service game, the unseeded Russian barely put a foot wrong, drawing level at 3-3 before pinching the set. The previous evening, Garcia had required nearly two and a half hours to come through an absorbing semifinal against another big-serving Russian, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, and her exertions caught up with her as the contest wore on.
Alexandrova, meanwhile, who knocked out Garcia's Fed Cup teammates Pauline Parmentier and Alizé Cornet en route to the final, went from strength to strength, completing a hat-trick of French upsets after little over a hour.
The title, her first away from the ITF Circuit, edges Alexandrova closer to a Top 100 debut and likely direct main draw entry into next year's Australian Open.