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Vinci beats Errani for 1st Palermo victory

Sunday - 7/14/2013, 5:38pm  ET

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) -- Roberta Vinci beat top-seeded fellow Italian Sara Errani 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on 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, raced into a 5-1 lead in the second set.

But Vinci went ahead 4-0 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 straight victories for Errani over her close friend and doubles partner.


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