For the fifth time in her career Anabel Medina Garrigues won the title at the XXIV SNAI Open – Internazionali Femminili di Tennis di Palermo, thus bringing her number of clay-court titles to ten! This amazing feat brings the Spaniard ahead of Venus Williams, who used to be the leader among the active players with her nine clay-court tournament wins.
The 28-year-old Medina Garrigues won her 32th match in Palermo with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Polona Hercog, who claimed her maiden WTA title last week at the Swedish Open. “I think Polona was a little bit tired, because she won in Bastad last week and made the final here too, but I played a really good match,” said Medina Garrigues, who won only one title on a surface other than clay (Canberra 2006).
The world No.39 Medina Garrigues has lost only three matches in Palermo so far, and in addition to this year she lifted the trophy in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006. (via WTA Tour, photo courtesy of Tony)