Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vinci wins her first title on grass

Roberta Vinci won her fifth WTA title today, and her first one on grass. The 28-year-old Italian, known for her expertise in doubles and on clay courts, defeated Jelena Dokic 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Unicef Open in 's-Hertogenbosch.

The match was a highly competitive one; Dokic needed fifth set points to win the first set tiebreak at 9-7. Vinci served for the match at 5-4 in the third, but was broken. She broke back, and--serving at 40-0--saw three match points go away. Vinci was successful on her fourth match point, however.

Vinci is now 5-1 in WTA finals. She is scheduled to play her first Wimbledon round on Monday, against Vera Dushevina, so there will be no rest for her. Dokic's first-round opponent will be 6th seed Francesca Schiavone.

4th seeds Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Klara Zakopalova won the doubles title, defeating Dominika Cibulkova and Flavia Pennetta 1-6, 6-4, 10-7. This is Zahlavova Strycova's 14th WTA doubles title.

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