Karin Knapp beats Roberta Vinci to win Nuremberg Cup
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Karin Knapp defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 to win the Nuremberg Cup final on Saturday.
The sixth-seeded Knapp forced 17 break points and converted seven – three of those in the final set – to beat her fourth-seeded compatriot in 2 hours, 6 minutes.
Vinci had a walkover to the final of the clay-court tournament after the second-seeded Angelique Kerber pulled out of their semifinal with back problems.
The 32-year-old Vinci, who appeared to tire in the final set, missed out on her 10th career title, while the 48th-ranked Knapp celebrated her second.