Vinci Sees Off Vandeweghe Challenge In Monterrey
Published February 20, 2012 11:02
MONTERREY, México - Roberta Vinci bounced back from her painful defeat to Marion Bartoli in Paris 10 days ago with a hard-fought win over the big-serving American Coco Vandeweghe in the first round of the Whirlpool Monterrey Open on Monday.
In Paris, Vinci was within touching distance of victory on several occasions before being reeled in each time and eventually pipped at the post by the irrepressible Bartoli. And against Vandeweghe there were some lingering signs of mental fragility both early on and when the finishing line was in sight.
However, the Italian is World No.23 for a reason, overcoming a shaky start - she was broken back to love in the second game after serving three double faults - and the disappointment of twice failing to serve for the match in the second set to eventually banish the ghosts of Paris with a 75 75 win.
"I had problems closing the match out. I was up two breaks and got nervous," Vinci said. "The courts are fast and Coco is a strong server, and as the No.1 seed it's always hard to win the first match, but I'm happy to win. I have to improve for the next round, though."
Meeting Vinci next is Nina Bratchikova, who won an all-Russian clash with Anastasia Pivovarova, 63 61.
Also in action at the Sierra Madre Tennis Club was Vinci's Fed Cup team mate and doubles partner, Sara Errani.
Like Vinci, Errani is currently enjoying arguably the most successful period of her career, highlighted by a first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open one month ago. Monterrey is her first tournament since Melbourne and she carried on from where she left off with a dominant 62 62 win over Stéphanie Dubois.