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Top seeded Caroline Wozniacki is out at the Rogers Cup.

Roberta Vinci Roberta Vinci of Italy serves during her 1st round match against Romina Oprandi of Italy during day one of the Moorilla Hobart International at Domain Tennis Centre on January 9, 2011 in Hobart, Australia.

Caroline Wozniacki is out at the Rogers Cup, a victim of 22-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy 4-6, 5-7. The Dane was the victim of her own inability to complete shots and a swirling wind at Centre Court. The tightly contested first set was settled on a late break for Vinci. Wozniacki appeared to gather herself in the second, running out to a 5-1 lead. However, Vinci rolled off six straight games. In the end, Wozniacki was left to slump off the court with her head bowed, returning a tepid wave when the crowd cheered her off.

That means the top two seeds here are gone – Kim Clijsters retired Tuesday night after suffering an abdominal tear. The next three seeds – Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova – will not play until later in the day.


Marion Bartoli and Petra Kvitova will contest the Aegon International final at Eastbourne after coming through their rain-delayed semi-finals.

Marion Bartoli

Sixth seed Bartoli secured her place in Saturday afternoon’s final with a clinical 6-3 6-1 win over Sam Stosur. Kvitova’s opponent Daniela Hantuchova was forced to retire with an abdominal injury when trailing 7-6 (11-9) 4-2.

Meanwhile Italy’s Roberta Vinci beat Jelena Dokic of Australia 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 7-5 in the Den Bosch Open women’s final on Saturday.

In the men’s semi-finals, Kei Nishikori faces Janko Tipsarevic and Igor Kunitsyn plays Andreas Seppi.





Jelena Dokic will face qualifier Oprandi in the UNICEF semi final.

Italian qualifier Romina Oprandi, continued to make the most of her Clijsters-beating run. After grabbing the first set in a tie-break, the Switzerland-based world No.82 beat Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in straight sets, 76(3) 64. Oprandi’s semifinal opponent will be Jelena Dokic, after the former world No.4 edged Johanna Larsson in two tight sets, 76(2) 64. The fourth quarterfinal saw No.2 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova take on No.5 seed Dominika Cibulkova, but the match was interrupted by rain with the score poised at 4-4 in the first set. Vinci awaits the winner.

The semifinal line-up took shape at the $220,000 Unicef Open on Thursday, minus No.3 seed Yanina Wickmayer, who was surprised by a player better known for her exploits on clay: seventh-seeded Roberta Vinci. Having applied her one-handed slice to great effect to get a set and a break ahead, Vinci issued her seventh ace of the match to set up three match points against her young Belgian opponent. Wickmayer held off two of them but the Italian went through on the third, 64 64. Three of 28-year-old Vinci’s four titles have been won on red clay – the most recent coming at Barcelona this year – and should she win her next match she’ll be through to the first grass court final of her career.




Zvovareva advances in Dubai.

Vera Zvonareva overcame a slow start Wednesday to beat Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the Dubai Championships. The second-seeded Russian dropped serve twice in the opening set, but broke Vinci three times. Zvonareva was more comfortable in the second set, conceding no break opportunities, and she converted all three opportunities on the Italian’s serve. Zvonareva closed out the match when Vinci hit a return wide, and later said she needed time to adjust to the court after having a first-round bye. “On this court, the ball is very light. Her slice skids,” Zvonareva said. “So if you just try to get to the ball and just hit it, you will probably overhit it and your ball will go like three meters out. Here you have to wait a little bit longer, Once you make those little adjustments, you figure out how the ball bounces on the court, how it flies here, then you already know which shot you should pick. “I’m pretty happy with the way I managed the match. I had some unforced errors out there. But at the same time, I had some great points. So I’m happy overall. Just looking forward for the next one.” Zvonareva, a quarterfinalist last year in Dubai, improved her record to 4-1 over Vinci. “It’s never easy to play Roberta, she’s a tricky player. It was a tough match,” said Zvonareva, who is coming off a semifinal loss at the Pattaya Open.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland also advanced, beating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-4, while Shahar Peer of Israel won her second match in two days by defeating Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 6-4, 6-2.


Ivanovic fails again!….Zvonareva moves into the semifinal.

Second seed Ana Ivanovic has been dumped out of the WTA PTT Pattaya Women’s Open at the quarter-final stage by fifth seed Roberta Vinci. Vinci, the world number 38, stunned her Serbian opponent 7-5 6-3 to clinch a semi-final date with fellow Italian Sara Errani.

Eighth seed Errani was made to work for her place in the last four, battling from a set down to overcome Kazakhstani qualifier Galina Voskoboeva 2-6 6-3 6-2. The second semi-final will be between top seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia and fourth seed Daniela Hantuchova.

Zvonareva, two-time defending champion, overcame Chinese sixth seed Shuai Peng 6-4 4-6 6-4 today to secure her 13th straight match victory at the Thai event. Slovakia’s Hantuchova, meanwhile, needed just 51 minutes to breeze past Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova 6-2 6-0 in the day’s last quarter-final.


Francesca Schiavone wins her 3rd title in Barcelona.

Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone needed only about an hour to defeat Roberta Vinci in an all-Italian final Saturday at the $220,000 Barcelona Ladies Open.

Schiavone took the 6-1, 6-1 win to record her third career title and first of the season. The 29-year-old also avenged a loss to Vinci here in last year’s semifinals.

Vinci, 27, was the defending champion here and was looking for her third title in her third career final, but had a first serve percentage of just 39 in dropping the match.

With the victory, Schiavone improved to 4-1 lifetime against Vinci and collected $37,000. Vinci earned $19,000 as the runner up.


Italy’s 2009 Fed Cup team.


Italy bids to end a 9-tie losing streak when it takes on USA in the 2009 Final this weekend. The Italians have never defeated the Americans in Fed Cup and have won just 3 rubbers in their 9 previous meetings. In the 1986 quarterfinal in Prague, Italy took a surprise 1-0 lead when Sandra Cecchini handed Chris Evert her first ever Fed Cup singles defeat, ending a 29-match undefeated streak, before USA hit back to win.

Italy is through to its 3rd Fed Cup Final in 4 years and is looking to win its 2nd Fed Cup title, having defeated Belgium to lift the Cup in 2006. It defeated former champion France in the 1st round before surprising defending champion Russia in the semifinals.

USA has gone the distance in both of its ties this year, defeating both Argentina and Czech Republic by winning the deciding doubles rubber. It has reached its first final since 2003 and is bidding to win its 18th title – but first since 2000 – in Reggio Calabria. This is the longest gap between US Fed Cup successes.


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