VINCI OF ITALY
FOR PALERMO VICTORY
Roberta Vinci of Italy beat top-seeded compatriot Sara Errani 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Sunday to win the Italiacom Open for the first time.
The second-seeded Vinci was broken in the first game but she broke back twice before serving out the opening set.
Errani, who won this tournament in 2008 and 2012, seemed to recover and raced into a 5-1 lead in the second set before levelling the match.
But Vinci stormed into a 4-0 lead in the final set and then held off the sixth-ranked Errani’s comeback attempt to secure her ninth career victory.
The win also ends a streak of five successive victories for Errani over her close friend, with whom she also tops the world doubles rankings.
IN THREE SETS
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Simona Halep won her third WTA tournament of the year by defeating Yvonne Meusburger 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-1 Sunday in the final of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Romanian 21-year-old lost the first three finals of her career but has now compiled a 16-1 record since the French Open, also winning titles in Nuremberg, Germany, and Rosmalen, Netherlands.
In the second set, Halep recovered from being down 3-5 but then squandered three match points before Austria’s Meusburger won the tiebreaker.
Halep relied on well-placed drop shots in the third set and broke Meusburger three times.
Halep said “it was a very difficult match because Yvonne played very well, especially in the second set when I also made a lot of mistakes. Then I changed tactics, applied more drop shots and that worked.”
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