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 - Apr 20 WTA - Apr 20
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 David Ferrer8 Ekaterina Makarova
9 Marin Cilic9 Agnieszka Radwanska
10 Stan Wawrinka10 C. Suarez Navarro
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