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Barcelona Ladies Open
Singles - Final: (7) Sara Errani def. (3) Dominika
Cibulkova 6-2 6-2
Anyone who thinks that Dominika Cibulkova cured her finals-itis by winning her first title last year obviously didn't see this. It took just over an hour, and Sara Errani dominated it totally. Not too surprising, given that Cibulkova won only 14% of second serve points, and put in only 46% of first serves! Two of Cibulkova's four games came on breaks. Hard to win a title when you can't hold!
That costs Cibulkova her Top Fifteen chance. Ana Ivanovic will remain #15 for now.
Sara Errani picks up her second title of 2012 (following Acapulco), and the fourth of her career. All have been International/Tier III or lower, and all but one on clay, but hey, they're titles. And she is climbing as a result. We show her up to #28.
Singles - Final: (1) Errani/Vinci def. Pennetta/Schiavone 6-0 6-2
What a day for Sara Errani! Two titles, and she lost only six games! Although it's no surprise for Errani/Vinci this year; they have three titles (Monterrey, Acapulco, and Barcelona), and eight in just over two years. Now if only they could win a big one! They've reached the stage where winning International titles makes no appreciable difference; this title is worth 280 points, and they have 225 in their eleventh events. So they won't move.