Roberta Vinci entered the BNP Paribas Katowice Open final with two 6-1 6-o victories in the quarters and semis and in the title match against top seed Petra Kvitova she won a close first set before cruising through the second for a 7-6(2) 6-1 triumph. Now it’s eight out of nine times that Vinci had won the semifinals and went all the way to the title.
In the first set Kvitova was twice just one game away from taking the set, but Vinci forced the tiebreak, won it handily and raced through the second set to clinch her eighth WTA title and rise from No.13 to No.12 in the rankings.
It was the first edition of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open, one of just two indoor clay events on the calendar, alongside Stuttgart. (photo: Neal Trousdale)