Medina Garrigues, Vinci Win WTA Claycourt Titles at Estoril, Barcelona
Posted on April 30, 2011
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."