Francesca Brilliant In Barcelona
Published April 17, 2010 12:00
BARCELONA, Spain - Francesca Schiavone had some good old fashioned revenge in the Barcelona Ladies Open final, beating Roberta Vinci, whom she had lost to in the semifinals of the clay court event a year ago, in straight sets for her third Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title on Saturday.
Schiavone had been 3-0 against Vinci going into last year's Barcelona semis and seemed headed for another win after winning the first set at love; but Vinci rallied to win that match, 06 76(2) 64, then went all the way to the title.
In their first meeting since then, Schiavone - seeded No.1 at this year's event and not dropping a set en route to the final - had a slow start, losing the first three points of the match, but it was no contest from there on as she blew past the unseeded Vinci in 59 minutes, just two deuce games in the 61 61 rout.
"I felt good today. I played at a very high level and I was having fun playing," Schiavone said. "Roberta had some problems with her ankle so it wasn't easy for her. It just wasn't her day. For me, this is good preparation for Fed Cup and upcoming tournaments on clay, like Stuttgart and Rome."
Schiavone now has three career singles titles on the Tour, previously winning at Bad Gastein in 2007 and at Moscow last fall. She improved to 3-10 in finals.
Schiavone also commented on the job done by former No.1 and four-time Grand Slam champion Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Tournament Director for the Barcelona Ladies Open: "Arantxa has been doing a great job. It's a very good tournament. The courts are nice and I feel really good here."
Vinci had won nine matches in a row in Barcelona, going 5-0 to win the 2009 title and 4-0 to reach the 2010 final. She assumed the bracket of the second favorite early, beating No.2 seed Aravane Rezai in the first round.
Vinci took the court again for the doubles final, partnering another Italian, Sara Errani, and completed the singles-doubles sweep for their country with a 61 36 102 victory over Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin. Errani and Vinci lost five of the last six games of the second set but rebounded in a big way in the match tie-break, rolling to a 6-0 lead and closing it out six points later.
Errani and Vinci have now won their first two doubles titles together in back-to-back weeks, also winning in Marbella last week. Errani now has four Tour doubles titles to her name; Vinci has five.