Vinci vaults into Palermo semis

1:17 PM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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Palermo, Italy (Sports Network) - Heavy Italian crowd favorite Roberta Vinci secured a berth in the semifinals at the $235,000 Italiacom Open tennis event.

The second seed defeated fifth-seeded Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1, 6-4 on the red clay at Country Time Club.

Vinci's semifinal opponent on Saturday will be another Spaniard, Estrella Cabeza Candela, who handled Czech Renata Voracova 7-5, 6-4 in Friday's quarterfinals.

Another Italian favorite, Sara Errani, is also on Friday's schedule. The 2012 French Open runner-up is the reigning Palermo champ, also titled here in 2008, and was a Palermo runner-up in 2009.

The 2013 Palermo titlist will pocket $41,000.

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