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The unseeded Svensson, who took one hour and 49 minutes to grind out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over the fourth-seeded Croat, admitted she was surprised by her performance.
``When I came here I didn't expect anything, so I didn't play under pressure,'' the 26-year-old Svensson said.
It was Svensson's second career victory. She won her first title in Kuala Lumpur in 1999 the last time she was in a final.
Svensson, who played better at the net and made fewer errors than the 24-year-old Majoli, was surprised at the noise the crowd made in cheering Majoli at the Dalmatian Island event.
``The crowd was great,'' she said. ``I have seen such a crowd only in hockey, soccer or some Davis Cup matches.''
Majoli, the 1997 French Open champion, said her two hour 42 minute semifinal victory over Czech qualifier Libuse Prusova on Saturday had taken its toll. "I am so sorry that I didn't win, but I was too tired after yesterday's match,'' Majoli said.
The 24-year-old had to seek medical assistance during the semifinal in which she saved three match points. Before Sunday's final she had won 10 straight tour matches, Reuters
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