Top-seeded Pennetta opens with win in Palermo

Updated: 12 July 2011 21:24 IST

Attempting to maintain her status as Italy's second-best player, top-seeded Flavia Pennetta beat wild card Anastassia Grymalska 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round of the Palermo Open on Monday.

Palermo:

Attempting to maintain her status as Italy's second-best player, top-seeded Flavia Pennetta beat wild card Anastassia Grymalska 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round of the Palermo Open on Monday.

Francesca Schiavone is the top-ranked Italian at No. 8, Pennetta is No. 21 and Roberta Vinci is up to a career-best No. 23 this week after winning the Budapest Grand Prix on Sunday for her third title of the year.

Pennetta won this clay-court tournament in 2009 is a two-time runner-up.

Vinci opens Tuesday against a qualifier.

In other matches, sixth-seeded Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria beat Anna Tatishvili of Georgia 6-2, 7-5 and Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan defeated Madalina Gojnea of Romania 7-6 (4), 6-2.

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Topics mentioned in this article Tennis Roberta Vinci Anabel Medina Garrigues Flavia Pennetta Polona Hercog
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