Errani, Vinci to battle in Palermo final

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Updated: July 13, 2013

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Heavy Italian crowd favorites and doubles
partners Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will play for the title at the $235,000
Italiacom Open tennis event after winning semifinal matches on Saturday.

Errani, the top seed and defending champion, posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory over
fourth-seeded Czech Klara Zakopalova after the second-seeded Vinci battled
back to beat Spaniard Estrella Cabeza Candela, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

The 26-year-old Errani, who also titled at this event in 2008, has yet to drop
a set this week. She will be vying for her eighth career WTA singles title.

Vinci, 30, owns an 8-1 record in career singles finals and like her
countrymate, will be searching for her second title this year.

Sunday’s match will mark the second all-Italian final in tournament history.
The other occurred in 2009, when Flavia Pennetta topped Errani in straight
sets.

Errani has won five straight matches against Vinci after dropping the first
two meetings.

The 2013 Palermo titlist will pocket $41,000.