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04
Mar
12

Sara Errani wins singles and doubles titles in Acapulco.

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Sara Errani became the first player in almost two years to sweep both the singles and doubles titles at a WTA tournament, doing so at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in picturesque Acapulco on Saturday. In a week Italian tennis could be extremely proud of – three Italians reaching the semifinals of a WTA tournament for the first time since 2009, then the first all-Italian WTA final since 2010 – it was the No.3-seeded Errani who rose above them all, beating No.1-seeded Roberta Vinci in Friday’s semifinals, 64 61, then No.2 seed Flavia Pennetta in Saturday evening’s final, 57 76(2) 60.

The first two sets of the final were particularly close – both 57 minutes, they showcased the Italian pair’s impressive speed and tenacity, as well as their big forehands. But Errani rolled off the first five points of the tie-break and her confidence only grew – once she closed that breaker out she won the third set in just 32 minutes, losing only three points in her three service games. “It was such a tough final against Flavia,” Errani said. “I had to run a lot and try to play my game and be aggressive in the important moments. It’s never easy playing an Italian but I played really well, especially in the third set. I can take a lot of confidence from this going into Indian Wells, but I always want more.”

Errani collected her third WTA title, having won her first two in the summer of 2008, at back-to-back events in Palermo (clay) and Portoroz (hardcourt).

13
Feb
11

Hantuchova said after her win, “She has been in so many finals and is such a fighter, but I played one of my best matches in the last few years.”

 Daniela Hantuchova made a welcome return to the WTA winner’s circle on Sunday afternoon, claiming her fourth career title – and first in almost four years – at the PTT Pattaya Open in Thailand. Hantuchova, the No.4 seed at the $220,000 tournament, didn’t drop a set en route to the title, but it was by no means easy. Having lost to her in all three of their previous meetings, she edged Kimiko Date-Krumm in a tight two-setter in the second round, 76(3) 63, then came the semifinal battle with No.1 seed and two-time defending champion, Vera Zvonareva, which she also won, 76(3) 64.

“I kept fighting like crazy. I knew it would be a crazy match, she has confidence and experience,” Hantuchova said. “She has been in so many finals and is such a fighter, but I played one of my best matches in the last few years.” “I wasn’t happy with my game since the second round, and with such a good player like Daniela, you need to lift the level of your game,” Zvonareva, ranked No.3 in the world, said. “I hope to come back. I love playing in Pattaya. I won here twice, everyone welcomes me, it’s a great thing to have. So I hope I can.”

In Sunday’s final, Hantuchova was in crushing form against No.8 seed Sara Errani, hitting three times as many winners (18 to 6) and breaking serve six times en route to a 60 62 championship victory in an hour and 16 minutes. “I was really hungry to get another title,” Hantuchova said. “I was focused and aggressive from the start. I won the whole tournament in straight sets, which is a good sign. After the injury at the start of the year, this feels great. I had a good pre-season and now it’s paying off. I just never doubted myself.” Hantuchova’s first three WTA titles came at Indian Wells in 2002 and 2007, as well as at Linz later in 2007. She is now 4-7 in career finals. “The match with Vera was a little final I would say, but I have to give credit to Sara, she played well the whole tournament,” Hantuchova added. “I hope to come back to Pattaya City. I didn’t have time to see anything of Thailand, so hopefully I come back not just for the tournament, but also holidays!”

12
Feb
11

Hantuchova and Errani a surprising pair for the Pattaya Open final.

Top seed and defending champion Vera Zvonereva crashed out of the Pattaya Open as she was beaten in straight sets by Daniela Hantuchova in the semi-final. Zvonereva was on a 13-match winning streak at the Thai tournament having claimed the title in 2009 and 2010, but she missed out this time as Hantuchova prevailed 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to book a final place against Sara Errani. Zvonereva was left to rue a host of missed first-set opportunities. She had six break-point chances but could convert only one, while Hantuchova made the most of her only break point as the set went into a tie-breaker. The Slovakian fourth seed prevailed, then claimed the only break of the second set to claim just her second win in six matches against the Russian. She will face Italian eighth seed Errani, who also caused an upset by beating compatriot Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-4.

11
Feb
11

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.

03
Nov
09

Italy’s 2009 Fed Cup team.

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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.

26
Jul
09

Safina unimpressive in victory over mediocre field.

safina 1It didn’t come easily, but world No.1 Dinara Safina won her third Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title of the year on Sunday, defeating Sara Errani in a nail-biter for the Banka Koper Slovenia Open in Portoroz.

Safina, who had won her first two titles of the year at Premier-level events in Rome and Madrid during the clay court season, had solid scorelines in her first four matches at the International-level Banka Koper Slovenia Open, her grand total of games lost in eight straight sets being 17.

The top-seeded Russian was certainly pushed to the limit in the final by an in-form Errani, the fifth seed, who toughed out a 76-minute opening set and even served for the match at 5-4 in the third before finally going down to the world’s best player in seven minutes shy of three hours, 67(5) 61 75.

Safina improved to 12-11 in Tour singles finals, including 3-4 in 2009. She is the second this year to win three Tour singles titles, after Victoria Azarenka (who has two International titles and one Premier title to her name this season).

Errani was playing her second straight Tour final, having finished runner-up to Flavia Pennetta at Palermo a week ago. The Italian was looking for her very first Top 10 win; she was also trying to become the fourth woman from her country ever to upset a reigning world No.1, following Tathiana Garbin, Francesca Schiavone (who has done it twice) and Pennetta.

24
Jul
09

Defending champ Errani thru to semi final.

erraniTop seed Dinara Safina and defending champion Sara Errani raced into the semi-finals of the Banka Koper Slovenia Open.

World number one Safina, making her first tournament appearance since winning only one game in her Wimbledon semi-final defeat by Venus Williams, eased past Maria Elena Camerin 6-3 6-0 in Portoroz.

Italy’s Errani, the fifth seed, was also an easy winner as she ended the run of Croatian wild card Petra Martic 6-1 6-1.

Errani next faces Stefanie Voegele, who defeated Rossana De Los Rios 6-1 6-1, while Alberta Brianti saw off Camille Pin 6-3 6-2 to set up a meeting with Safina in the last four.




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