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Vinci moves into quarterfinals at Italiacom Open

July 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

PALERMO, Italy, July 11 (UPI) -- No. 2-seeded Roberta Vinci claimed a straight-set win Thursday to end a long day of second-round tennis at the Italiacom Open in Italy.

Vinci defeated Polona Hercog 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in 1 hour, 49 minutes. It was the only match of the day settled in two sets, and the shortest match by more than 40 minutes. The four second-round matches Thursday combined for about 9 1/2 hours of play.

Vinci finished with six breaks but needed to win the tiebreaker after she and Hercog traded a total of eight breaks in the second set.

Estrella Cabeza Candela ousted third-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6). She won just two more points (99-97) than Mladenovic in advancing to Friday's quarterfinals.

Fourth-seeded Klara Zakopalova escaped with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Karin Knapp despite losing her serve six times and winning just more than half (53-of-102) of the points on serve.

No. 5-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino took out Nastassja Burnett 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, fighting off 11 of 17 break points she faced.

Cabeza Candela draws the first match in Friday's quarterfinals, when she'll play Renata Voracova. Zakopalova takes on Dinah Pfizenmaier in a Court 2 battle. Dominguez Lino goes against Vinci back on Center Court ahead of Friday's finale pitting top-seeded and defending champion Sara Errani against Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

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