Italy's Roberta Vinci won the UNICEF Open on Saturday with a three set win over former world no. 4 Jelena Dokic. Vinci won 67(7) 63 75 for her fifth WTA title but first on grass. Three of her earlier titles came on clay and one on hardcourt.
No.7-seeded Vinci has upset No.3 seed Yanina Wickmayer and No.5 seed Dominika Cibulkova to reach the final while Dokic has beaten No.4 seed Flavia Pennetta. "We are both 28 and have a lot of experience, but it was a final and with all of the conditions and pressure, it's not easy to stay completely focused," Vinci said.
"But I like to play on grass. I play the slice and it's perfect on grass. I also like volleying so I think that's why I play well on grass. I'm tired and am playing on Monday at Wimbledon, but I'm happy - I just won a tournament!" "There's no special reason for why I'm playing better this year," Vinci added.
"I've probably been practicing better recently. I'm also a little more focused in my matches now - sometimes before I'd play one game well then two games badly, thinking of something else. Now I'm trying to play every point well - I can't play well on every single point, that's impossible, but as many as I can." Dokic was trying to win her second title of the year, having won at Kuala Lumpur in March.
She is now 6-8 in WTA finals and will return to the Top 50 for the first time since October 2004. Dokic plays Francesca Schiavone in the first round of Wimbledon. "It's an extremely bad draw, but I did get good practice for that match this week," Dokic said.
"I played a player similar to Francesca today, although Roberta has a game better suited to grass. I'm really looking forward to that match. I'm just going to continue doing what I'm doing. I want to get my ranking up even more.
It would be great to get to the Top 30 next."