Vinci jumps to world No.12
Originally published on: 15/04/13 00:00
The Italian sliced and diced her way past world No.8 Petra Kvitova 7-6(2) 6-1 to collect her first title of the year and improve her record in WTA finals to 8-1.
“Petra was playing very well and very aggressively in the first set, getting a lot of first serves in,” said Vinci, who now has nine top ten scalps to her name. “But I stayed with her and won the tie-break and things were better in the second set, probably because she was a little bit tired.”
Vinci moves ever closer to the top ten elite after the win, leapfrogging Russian Maria Kirilenko in the rankings to reach an all-time high of world No.12.
“Everything was working for me all week,” added Vinci, who dropped just two games in her quarter-final and semi-final wins over Karolina Pliskova and Annika Beck respectively. “I'm happy I was able to beat such a tough opponent [in the final] and win this title.”
Vinci’s attentions now turn to Fed Cup as her Italian side face defending champions Czech Republic in Palermo this weekend for a spot in the final.