Tenth seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy defeated Australian 13th seed Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-3 in the final of the LA Women’s Tennis Championships presented by Herbalife to claim her eighth and biggest singles title.
Stosur committed eight double faults and was broken four times, including three in the second set. In addition, the 25-year-old Stosur made 32 unforced errors, compared to Pennetta’s 16.
Last year’s LA finalist Pennetta pulled off two Top 10 upsets to reach the final. She defeated Nadia Petrova and Vera Zvonareva in back-to-back matches, before overcoming former world No.1 Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.
Pennetta is now on an 11-match winning streak, winning back-to-back titles in Palermo and Los Angeles. Doubles specialist Stosur, who has 22 doubles titles to her name, fell to 0-5 in singles finals after this latest defeat.
Winning the LA Women’s Tennis Championships title Pennetta earned $107,000. Interestinlgy, although it’s Pennetta’s eighth singles title, it’s only her second one from a non-claycourt tournament. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)