Unseeded Vinci Steamrolls Kirilenko for WTA Barcelona Title


Posted on April 19, 2009

Unseeded Roberta Vinci captured the title Sunday at the Barcelona Ladies Open, defeating No. 6-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-0, 6-4 on the red clay.

It was the second title of Vinci's career after Bogota two years ago. In the semifinals the Italian faced her biggest test, rallying from 0-6, 2-4 down to defeat countrywoman Francesca Schiavone.

"It's such a great feeling to win again," Vinci said. "It has been a long time since I played well. I felt good after Marbella -- I had a good match against [Jelena] Jankovic and it gave me confidence coming here to Barcelona."

None of the Top 4 seeds made it to the quarterfinals, with No.3 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues withdrawing due to an abdominal strain, No. 1 and No. 4 seeds Alize Cornet and Kaia Kanepi falling first round, and No. 2 Flavia Pennetta losing in the second round to Vinci.

Kirilenko dropped to 5-3 in career finals, and hasn't won a title since capturing three last year. She was 2-1 versus Vinci entering the final.

In the doubles final, Nuria Llagostera Vives and Martinez Sanchez of Spain beat the unseeded pairing of Sorana Cirstea and Andreja Klepac in the final 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.
Rankings
ATP - Feb 08 WTA - Feb 08
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Andy Murray2 Angelique Kerber
3 Roger Federer3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Agnieszka Radwanska
5 Rafael Nadal5 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
6 David Ferrer6 Maria Sharapova
7 Kei Nishikori7 Flavia Pennetta
8 Tomas Berdych8 Carla Suarez Navarro
9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga9 Petra Kvitova
10 Richard Gasquet10 Lucie Safarova
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