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.