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Flavia Pennetta wins her 9th. WTA title.


Italian Flavia Pennetta claimed her ninth WTA singles title on Sunday as she defeated Carla Suarez of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

The 28-year-old second-seeded Italian – ranked 16 in the world – took just over two hours to dispose of her doughty 21-year-old Spanish opponent, who was seeded eight.

Pennetta – a two-time US Open quarter-finalist and a top class doubles player having reached the 2005 US Open final – bested her opponent especially on her first service, converting 72 percent of her first serves into points compared to just 52 percent for Suarez.

Pennetta, who won her first title back in 2004 on clay in Sopot, Poland, was also the better on saving break points, getting out of trouble on nine of the 13 occasions she was a break point down while Suarez only managed to save herself on four of the 11 occasions.

The Italian was the only one of the top three seeds to more than justify her seeding as third seed Kim Clijsters – fresh from her victory in Miami – crashed out in the second round and top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus withdrew during her quarter-final.


Pennetta v. Navarro in Sunday’s Andalucia final.

Carla Suarez Navarro got the better of compatriot Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to set up an Andalucia Tennis Experience final against Flavia Pennetta.

Martinez Sanchez reached the Marbella semi-finals when top seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew in the first set of their match yesterday.

And the fifth seed looked to be benefiting from her brief workout yesterday as she took the first set 6-2.

However, her eighth-seeded opponent rallied, using her consistent first serve – which was almost faultless at 89% in the third set – to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win.

The other semi-final, an all-Italian affair, was distinctly one-sided.

Second seed Pennetta needed less than an hour to breeze past compatriot Sara Errani 6-1 6-1.


Maria Kirilenko ousted in the first round.

Top seed Victoria Azarenka posted a straight-sets win over Yvonne Meusburger to move into the second round of the Andalucia Tennis Experience today.

Azarenka was far from at her best against the lucky loser from Austria, who forced eight break points but could only convert one of those as the world number seven from Belarus registered a 6-3 6-0 win in one hour and 28 minutes.

Sixth-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko was a high-profile first-round casualty as she was eliminated in three sets against unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea, 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4.

Fifth-seeded Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez is safely into round two after a 6-4 6-3 win over the unseeded Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, while fellow home favourite Carla Suarez Navarro, seeded eight, progressed with a 6-4 6-0 triumph over Italy’s Roberta Vinci.

Anabel Medina Garrigues, the seventh seed, made it a trio of Spaniards into the second round with a 6-1 6-4 win over compatriot Arantxa Parra Santonja, while there were also first-round wins for Sara Errani, Alberta Brianti and Simona Halep.


Jankovic wins her first title of 2009.

jelena_jankovic_gi99Jelena Jankovic beat Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Sunday to win her first title of the season at the Andalucia Tennis Experience.

The fourth-ranked Serb broke Suarez Navarro six times on the outdoor clay to improve to 3-0 against the Spaniard.

Suarez Navarro, playing in her first final, used one of her five break points to take the second set but was broken early in the third. Jankovic raced out to a 5-1 lead before holding on for her first victory since Moscow in October.

Jankovic has been a slump since the end of 2008 when she held the #1 position, and was voted outstanding player of the year. She seems to have found her comfort zone on clay, and much of her retrieving ability was renewed in Spain. Can she go one to bigger and better results in more auspicious tournaments where the level of competion will be much higher, or is this gratifying result a mere blip on her recent record. Only time will tell. She will probably be drawn against both the Spaniards she beat here in the next round of the Fed Cup.

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