Tennis - Vinci beats Kvitova to Katowice title

Italy’s Roberta Vinci of Italy claimed a straight-sets 7-6(2) 6-1 win over top seed Petra Kvitova to win the WTA Katowice title.

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Roberta Vinci (Imago)

Vinci, who took just 49 minutes to take her place in the final with a thrashing of Annika Beck in the last four, was victorious at the indoor clay-court tournament.

It was the Italian’s ninth WTA final, and she now has an impressive 8-1 record in showpiece matches after having thundered past home favourite Kvitova.

Vinci took the opening set on a tie-break, winning it 7-2 after having battled to no avail for an elusive break of serve.

The second set was easy going for the world number 13 as she lost just one game to the Czech player, and she is now projected to rise to a career-high number 12 in the world.

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