Vinci beats Errani to capture Palermo title

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The organisers of the 2013 Italiacom Open clay court tournament in Palermo had their dream final on Saturday night when top seeded Sara Errani took on her doubles partner and very good friend, second seeded Roberta Vinci, in an all Italian match. Going into this final, Errani led the head to head 5-2, although only two of those matches were on clay and were both won by Errani. They share many similarities. They are short by modern day tennis standards, as both are five foot four inches tall; and both weight 60kg. Errani’s win/loss record for the 2013 season was 36/15, while her opponent’s was 31/16; and they had both won one WTA title this year. Errani has struggled somewhat in her last few matches, losing 6-3 6-2 in the first round of Wimbledon to Monica Puig. Vinci lost 6-2 6-0 to Na Li in the third round.

With Vinci’s great serving stats helping her, games went with serve until she got the vital break to take the first set 6-3. In the second set Errani turned things around, broke early to go 3-1 ahead and then got to 5-1 with her serve to come. Vinci managed to break and then hold her serve for 3-5, before Errani took the set 6-3. In the decider Vinci got things started and she built up a useful 4-0 lead before Errani got on the scoreboard by taking three games in a row to trail 3-4. Vinci then broke again and served it out for a 6-3 set in a match that lasted two hours and eleven minutes, to take the title and lift the trophy.

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