German tennis player Greta Arn won her first major title on Sunday after beating Victoria Azarenka from Belarus 2-6, 6-1 and 7-6 (3) in two hours and 22 minutes, coming back from a first set defeat and defending two match points in the final set.
Arn, 28, rated 176th on world ranking, became the second player to win the tournament starting from the qualifying rounds of Portugal's Estoril Open, after Czech qualifier Lucie Safarova did so in 2005.
Although the Portuguese spectators clearly backed Azarenka, Arn did not lose heart.
When Azarenka, 17, began to relax at the end of the first set, Arn began to press the Belorussian, taking a 4-1 lead in the second set. Azarenka threw her racket down in rage. Anger weakened her concentration and she fell back to 3-0 in the third set.
After this low point Azarenka fought back, however, taking final set to 5-4, and was two balls from winning in the 10th game.
Had she won, Azeranka would have been the youngest winner of a Women's Tennis Association title this season, beating France's Tatiana Golovin, 19.
Arn is the oldest WTA title-holder this season, beating France's Emilie Loit, 27, winner of the Acapulco Open. Arn's prize is 21,140 US dollars.