Medina Garrigues, Vinci Win WTA Claycourt Titles at Estoril, BarcelonaPosted on April 30, 2011
Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues and Italy's Roberta Vinci collected claycourt titles on Saturday at the Estoril Open in Portugal and the Barcelona Ladies Open respectively.
Medina Garrigues eased past Germany's Kristina Barrois 6-1, 6-2 in the Estoril Open final.
"I played very aggressively and hit it high and deep. Kristina couldn't do her game," Medina Garrigues said. "She's a creative girl -- serve and volley, slice, drop shots -- and I was there. I felt like she lost her concentration a little bit."
It was the 10th career title for the Spaniard and ninth on clay, tying her with Venus Williams for most clay court titles among active players. The 29-year-old Barrois fell to 0-2 in career finals.
"Anabel plays with such heavy spin and is such a great claycourt player, it was tough for me on every single point," Barrois said.
In the Barcelona final Vinci came from a set down to defeat Czech Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
It was the fourth career title for Vinci, and second title in three years at Barcelona. The 28-year-old Italian is now 14-1 in Barcelona singles matches. The 25-year-old Hradecka fell to 0-4 in career finals.
"Lucie is very powerful," Vinci said. "The key for me was to be aggressive and focused, and that's why I won today. I was a little nervous before the match because it was a final, but I believed I played some good tennis today."