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Rezai wins Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions

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Unseeded Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai won the biggest tournament of her career at the 2009 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions with a win over compatriot and top seed Marion Bartoli

Unseeded Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai won the biggest tournament of her career at the 2009 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions with a win over compatriot and top seed Marion Bartoli in the final here in Bali, Indonesia.

Rezai started the match on a bad note and soon went down 3-5. However, things took an unpleasant turn when Bartoli's leg started to hurt so much that from 5-3 up she lost three games in a row and while on serve, she lost the last game to let Rezai win the opener 7-5. Just moments before the completion of the first set, Bartoli called for a trainer on court and later decided to retire from the match.

"I'm crying right now, but I'm so happy to be here," Bartoli said. "First of all I'd like to congratulate Aravane on the wonderful week she had. She played some great tennis. I have to thank one person - my dad. Thank you so much, daddy. My leg was hurting and I tried my best to carry on, but it was too much pain. I'm sorry I wasn't able to finish today. I'd like to thank Sony Ericsson for making this tour possible, and to Commonwealth Bank for this wonderful tournament."

As for the champion Rezai, who won her first career title in Strasbourg earlier this year, the victory was special in a lot many ways.

"It's a great feeling to be here in the final. I'm very sorry for Marion that this happened," Rezai said. "I'd prefer to win in a different way, but it's tennis, a lot of different things happen. The people here are so nice. I was really motivated to win here. I want to thank the sponsors of this tournament and Sony Ericsson, also all the volunteers, the fans who came to support us, the ballboys, the chair umpire, the linesmen... thank you all, you made this tournament great."

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