At the Hungarian Grand Prix, which lost Top 2 seeds Lucie Safarova and Alize Cornet already in the first round, the third-seeded Simona Halep won her third title in five weeks by beating Yvonne Meusburger 6-3 6-7(7) 6-1 in the final. Meusburger saved three match points in the second-set tiebreak to prolong the match, before Halep ran away with the third set. Halep had won back-to-back titles in Nurnberg and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, then lost in the second round of Wimbledon, before winning the Budapest title, which makes her recent win-loss record 16-1.
Another this week’s International-level event, the XXVI Italiacom Open in Palermo, doubles partners and close friends Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, seeded No.1 and No.2, faced each other in the final and for the first time in their last six meetings Vinci came out victorious, 6-3 3-6 6-3 after overcoming a mid-match crisis when Errani took a 5-1 lead in the second set. Errani was the tournament winner in 2008 and 2012, while Vinci now won the home event for the first time in ten tries. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)