Second seed Patty Schnyder ended a three-year title drought by beating Austrian Tamira Paszek 6-3 6-0 to win the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic.
The 29-year-old Schnyder earned her 11th Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title with her 500th career victory. The Swiss veteran had lost seven straight WTA finals since lifting her last trophy in Cincinnati three years ago.
The winner gave the 17-year-old Paszek full credit and tipped her as a future star. “She pushed me all the way,” said Schnyder. “I had to do my best and move well.”
The 94th-ranked Paszek, who reached the Bali final by upsetting top seed Daniela Hantuchova in the semis, as well as third and seventh seeds Flavia Fennetta and Sara Errani in earlier rounds, failed to win her second career title following success in Portoroz in 2006. (source: Bangkok Post, photo via Bali Classic)