DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- Roberta Vinci last week improved to 8-1 in WTA tournament finals and reached a career milestone in the process.
Vinci defeated No. 1-seeded Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 in Sunday's final of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open in Poland for her eighth WTA title. It was the ninth time she advanced to a title match and eighth time she came away a winner.
The 280 rankings points that came with the championship edged Vinci up one spot in the world rankings to 12th, which is her career high.
Serena Williams continues to hold onto the No. 1 spot in the women's tennis rankings. She's been on top for the last nine weeks and 132 weeks overall.
The next four players in the rankings are tightly grouped, starting with No. 5-ranked Li Na at 5,880. Angelique Kerber has 5,385 points for sixth, Sara Errani (5,350) comes in seventh and Kvitova is eighth with 5,225.
The WTA takes a break this week for the Fed Cup semifinals. Errani and Vinci headline an Italian team that is playing host to defending champion Czech Republic, which will feature Kvitova. The Slovak Republic plays at Russia in the other semifinal. Winners move to the Fed Cup finals Nov. 2-3.