Schiavone beats Dominguez Lino to win Grand Prix SAR

Associated Press
4/28/2013 12:37:20 PM
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MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-3 Sunday in the Grand Prix SAR final for the sixth title of her career and first since last year.

The sixth-seeded Schiavone was dominant in the first set, where she didn't face a break point on her serve and broke the Spaniard twice.

Dominguez Lino broke in the fourth game of the second set to lead 3-1, but Schiavone broke her straight back, and saved further break points in the next game before breaking her opponent once again to take control.

Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion now ranked 48th, clinched her first title since winning the Strasbourg Open last May. She leads Dominguez Lino 4-1 in head-to-head meetings. The 32-year-old veterans first played each other 15 years ago on clay at Spoleto in Italy, with the Spaniard winning for the only time.

Dominguez Lino's last title was in February 2011 at Bogota, Colombia.

Francesca Schiavone (Photo: Canadian Press)


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