Vinci Victorious In St Petersburg

Roberta Vinci sealed a tenth career title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory of Belinda Bencic at the Sibur Arena in the WTA St Petersburg Trophy final on Sunday.  Vinci took the opening set 6-4 by winning 33 points out of a possible 63 and dominating the serving stats winning 59% of her first serves.  The Swiss player did put some pressure on her opponent on four occasions but the veteran was able to hold her nerve and fight back to remain in the ascendancy. 
 
In the second set it was once again the Italian who achieved the first break; this time in the fourth game taking her opponent to deuce and converting her first break point of the set.  She went on to consolidate her break to find herself two games away from taking the championship.  Despite dominating the serving stats Bencic was not able to convert it into points winning 15 service points off 23. 
 
Vinci, who famously ousted Serena Williams at the 2015 US Open when the world number one was two wins away from a calendar Grand Slam, needed an hour and 19 minutes to secure victory in Russia.  The Italian may have gone on to lose her Flushing Meadows final to compatriot Flavia Pennetta but she was a winner in St Petersburg.  The World number 16 triumphed with a 6-4, 6-3 straight sets victory over her 11th-ranked opponent.