Italians Top Seedings in Budapest

Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani bring an Italian flavor to this week's POLI-FARBE Budapest Grand Prix.

Published July 03, 2011 08:42

Italians Top Seedings in Budapest
Roberta Vinci
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Italian veteran Roberta Vinci will be gunning for her third WTA singles title of the season as top seed at this week's POLI-FARBE Budapest Grand Prix, a $220,000 International event held on red clay by the banks of the Danube River.

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Much like her celebrated countrywoman, Francesca Schiavone, Vinci seems to only get better with age. Not only has the 28-year-old triumphed this year at Barcelona (on clay) and 's-Hertogenbosch (on grass) for her fourth and fifth WTA titles, she recently made her Top 30 debut.

Her rivals for another trophy include her regular doubles partner, Sara Errani. They haven't entered the team event in the Hungarian capital, which might be for the best. Errani, ranked only a handful of places below her friend at No.34, is this week's No.2 seed - so they could meet in the final.

Two Czechs, Klara Zakopalova and Lucie Hradecka, are seeded No.3 and No.4 respectively; will they be buoyed by the successes at Wimbledon of Petra Kvitova, Kveta Peschke and Iveta Benesova, who all walked away with coveted titles? As it happens, Hradecka enjoyed her first taste of Grand Slam glory by winning the French Open doubles with Andrea Hlavackova last month, but is still seeking her first WTA singles title.

Classy Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues - who won her 10th WTA title at Estoril in the spring and along with Venus Williams boasts the most clay court titles among active players (nine), is the No.5 seed, with Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson, surprise Marbella finalist Irina-Camelia Begu and Russia's Evgeniya Rodina rounding out the favored eight.

Although local heroine and two-time defending champion Agnes Szavay is sidelined, local fans can cheer for wildcards Timea Babos, Katalin Marosi and Vanda Lukacs.

Medina Garrigues and Alicja Rosolska are the doubles top seeds.

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