Vinci beats Kvitova and wins inaugural Katowice Open title

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After two uninspiring semi final matches, the organisers of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open got their dream final – top seed Petra Kvitova against 2nd seed Roberta Vinci. The finalists had only met once before, on grass, with Kvitova taking that match in straight sets. On the clay and indoors, the first set took one hour and eleven minutes to compete with both players going toe to toe all the way to a breaker, which Vinci won after having been in control all the way and leading 5-1, to close it out at 7-2. Vinci started the second set and she took the winning momentum of the first set into the second set. With an awesome display of five aces to Kvitova’s one and two doubles to her opponent’s four, the diminutive Italian allowed the tall Czech just a single game in the half hour it took for her to close out the second set at 6-1 and raise the winner’s trophy.

The doubles final was played between the Spanish pairing of Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino and Lourdes Dominguez-Lino and Raluca Olaru of Romania and Valeria Solovyeva of Russia. The title went to the Spaniards who managed a single break in each set on their way to a 6-4 7-5 victory.

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