Vinci beats Errani for 1st 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


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 leveling

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.