Today, Sara Errani became the first Italian player in history to win four tournaments in one season. She beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 6-3 to take the Palermo title, and--the entire week--dropped only 16 games. Errani and her doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, just came off of a 25-match winning streak; they were finally stopped at Wimbledon.
"It's a magic period for me," the Italian star said. Indeed.
Zahlavova Strycova, as reported yesterday, won the doubles title with partner Renata Voracova. It was a very good tournament for her.
Meanwhile, in Stanford, Serena William defended her 2011 title by beating lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-3 in the final. Vandeweghe served for the first set, but was not able to sustain what momentum she had. Williams, for her part, has been suffering from jet-lag insomnia since arriving in California, and looked fairly sluggish, but a less-than-stellar Serena is still a Serena who can lift a trophy. The Wimbledon champion made a point of moving Vandeweghe around the court as much as possible, and she also took care of her serve.
Vandeweghe had a great week. After not winning a main draw match all season, she took out Melinda Czink, Jelena Jankovic, Urszula Radwanska, and Yanina Wickmayer.
Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson won the doubles title. The unseeded Erakovic and Watson upset top seeds Jarmila Gajdasova and Vania King 7-5, 7-6. The champions served for the match at 5-3 in the second, but were broken. They won the tiebreak 9-7.