Roberta Vinci secured the Italiacom Open and bragging rights as she defeated fellow Italian Sara Errani 6-3 3-6 6-3 on Sunday.
It was a fitting way to end the tournament, with the top two seeds - and doubles partners - battling it out for the trophy, but Errani was unable to defend her title, and was finally beaten in three sets, a bout that lasted over two hours in Palermo.
It seemed as if it would be a sixth straight head-to-head victory for Errani, as she broke in the opening game of the first set, but Vinci showed her mettle as she broke back not once, but twice, to take the opening set 6-3, and land the first blow of the final.
The World No.6 responded in fine fashion though, taking the second set by the same scoreline, despite failing to put her compatriot to the sword when 5-1 in front.
The pair are currently the world's best in double's format, and it showed as there was nothing to separate the two going into the final set decider.
However, it was Vinci - four years Errani's senior - that took the initiative, racing a double break up, as she found herself 4-0 up and in prime position for a ninth WTA crown. However, the drama was yet to end, and she had to endure a fightback from her close friend, before finally taking the match and the final set, 6-3.
It was a fitting end to a fantastic encounter, but Errani will surely feel she should have done better, her main downfall being her second serve as she picked up just seven points from it during the entire contest.
It is the second time Vinci has defeated the top seed to win a title this calendar year, after her 7-6 6-1 victory over Petra Kvitova in the BNP Paribas Katowice Open in April.
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