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Golovin Trounces Petrova; the Frenchwoman Avoids Mistakes En Route to Her Victory at Amelia Island

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Golovin Trounces Petrova; the Frenchwoman Avoids Mistakes En Route to Her Victory at Amelia Island

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Byline: FRANCINE KING

A year ago, Tatiana Golovin was wearing an air cast and watching the end of the Bausch & Lomb Championships on television.

On Sunday, she concluded her debut at the Amelia Island tournament by claiming the first WTA Tour singles title of her career with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of defending champion Nadia Petrova.

The 19-year-old Frenchwoman was scheduled to make her first Amelia Island appearance last year, but a sprained ankle she suffered in the semifinals at Miami against Maria Sharapova forced her to pull out.

"Definitely it's emotional for me when, a year later, I'm actually in the finals; I'm actually winning the tournament," Golovin said. "It's definitely very special."

Golovin said her breakthrough came partly because she wasn't as concerned about winning as she had been in previous finals. In those matches, she tended to get nervous and start making mistakes.

On Sunday, her mistakes were few and far between. She committed 10 unforced errors, compared to 29 for her Russian opponent.

"Today, I knew I could beat Petrova. I knew I had the weapons," Golovin said. "It was just a matter of me being able to do it on [that] special day at that time."

Two weeks ago, tournament director John Arrix put the idea in Golovin's head that her special day could come at Bausch & Lomb. Golovin, who committed to play here only after losing early in Miami, ate dinner with Arrix shortly after she decided to come to Amelia Island.

Arrix told her how glad he was she would be playing in the tournament and that he thought it could be her first win, Golovin told the Stadium Court crowd during the awards ceremony.

"So we're going to listen to John from now on," she added with a big grin, eliciting laughter from the fans who embraced her wholeheartedly during her championship run. …

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