Doha, Qatar (SportsNetwork.com) - Czech Lucie Safarova beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open on Saturday.
Safarova broke the Belarusian to begin the match and again for a 5-4 lead. She then saved a break point before serving out the opening set.
The 28-year-old Safarova offered Azarenka four break point opportunities in the second set and saved all of them. She won the first three points in the ninth game and converted on her third match point.
Safarova captured her sixth career title and first since winning the Bell Challenge in Quebec City in September 2013.
Saturday's win marked her first in seven head-to-head meetings with Azarenka, who won this tournament in 2012 and 2013.