Tennis

Vinci wins UNICEF Open

2011-06-18 16:56
Roberta Vinci (Associated Press)

Den Bosch - Italy's Roberta Vinci rallied from a set down to beat Jelena Dokic 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-5 in the women's final at the UNICEF Open on Saturday.

The victory in a closely fought match brought Vinci her fifth WTA Tour title, but her first on grass.

"Now I'm on my way to Wimbledon," she said. "I'm a little tired after this week, but that's OK, you know: I won."

Dokic had set points twice in the first set, but Vinci held on and had one of her own in the tiebreaker before Dokic finally took it. Vinci held serve throughout the second set and capitalised on a single break point against Dokic.

In the decider, Vinci broke first and had a chance to serve out the match, but Dokic broke back. Vinci went up 40-0 at 6-5 in the final game, but surrendered three points in a row before finishing.

Dokic said she was satisfied with her own performance and attributed her loss to Vinci's good back-court play and the blustery wind. "That's the way things go sometimes," she said. "I'm happy to have reached this far and I'm looking forward to Wimbledon."

Ivan Dodig faces unseeded Dmitry Tursunov in the men's final later on Saturday.

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