Friday, February 22, 2013

Kvitova and Errani to view for Dubai title

The rumors of Sara Errani's 2013 demise have, so far, proven to be unfounded. The currently hot Fighting Italian made it to the final of the Paris indoor tournament, and lost in a close match to Mona Barthel. Now Errani has made it to the Dubai final, in which she will face Petra Kvitova. Tennis is sometimes so topsy-turvy that it's actually more of a surprise (and a very nice one!) that Kvitova is in the final.

Errani beat her friend and doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, in today's semifinal match. Vinci had a great run in Dubai, however.

And who was that woman serving so well, repeatedly hitting stunning winners, and putting on a volleying clinic? Oh, that was Petra Kvitova. You remember her. The "old" Kvitova made a return in Doha and Dubai, which is a relief to many (and, no doubt, especially to Kvitova). Today, she beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets, and will play Errani in the Dubai final.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza will play 2nd seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Nadia Petrova in the doubles final.

Sabine Lisicki and Marina Erakovic will contest the Memphis final.

Karen Knapp, Paula Ormaechea, Jelena Jankovic, and Teliana Pereira have advanced to the semifinals in Bogota.

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