Roberta Vinci wins 1st match at Palermo Open

Updated: 13 July 2011 13:34 IST

Fresh off her third title of the year, second-seeded Roberta Vinci beat Kazakh qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday in the first round of the Palermo Open.

Palermo:

Fresh off her third title of the year, second-seeded Roberta Vinci beat Kazakh qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday in the first round of the Palermo Open.

Vinci's victory in Budapest on Sunday made her the first Italian woman to win three titles in one year. Her ranking is up to a career-best No. 23.

Third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy beat Regina Kulikova of Russia 6-1, 6-3.

Also advancing were No. 4 Klara Zakopalova, No. 5 Anabel Medina Garrigues - a four-time winner of this clay-court tournament - No. 7 Polona Hercog and No. 8 Petra Cetkovska.

Topics : Tennis Roberta Vinci Anabel Medina Garrigues Flavia Pennetta Polona Hercog Sesil Karatantcheva
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