Palermo, Italy (Sports Network) - Heavy Italian crowd favorites Sara
Errani and Roberta Vinci secured berths in the semifinals at the $235,000
Italiacom Open tennis event.
The top-seeded and defending champion Errani subdued seventh-seeded Spaniard
Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-4, 4-0, while the second-seeded Vinci vaulted past
fifth-seeded Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-4 on the red clay at
Country Time Club. Errani and Vinci are good friends and doubles partners on
the WTA circuit.
The 2012 French Open runner-up Errani beat Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in
last year's Palermo final, also titled here in 2008, and was the 2009 runner-
up at this tournament.
Errani's semifinal opponent on Saturday will be fourth-seeded Czech slugger
Klara Zakopalova, while up next for Vinci will be another Spaniard, Estrella
Cabeza Candela, who handled Czech Renata Voracova 7-5, 6-4 in Friday's
Zakopalova snuck past German Dinah Pfizenmaier, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, to reach
the final four.
The 2013 Palermo titlist will pocket $41,000.
The Sports Network