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Tennis: Li Na's win carries her closer to another first

Li Na made an encouraging start to her bid to qualify for her first WTA Championships semi-finals when she contained a courageous second set fight-back by Sara Errani, the sixth-seeded Italian, to win 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) on Wednesday. The first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam attacked with flair and ambition with her flat hitting and dominated many periods of the match, though she needed to fight and focus harder to regain control after her level dropped early in the second set.

Tennis: Serena, Ivanovic sympathise with Errani crying game

Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic sprang to the defense of Sara Errani on Thursday after the Italian made a tearful US Open exit, claiming she had been overwhelmed by the stress of being fourth seed. "I'm feeling too much pressure. I don't know why, but I'm not enjoying going on the courts, and that is the worst thing a player can have," said Errani, who was defeated by compatriot Flavia Pennetta, 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.

Mamma Mia! Errani admits to cracking under pressure

By Julian Linden NEW YORK (Reuters) - From the outside, Italy's Sara Errani appears to be living La Dolce Vita, looking as though she hardly has a care in the world. But behind the dazzling smile, she has a dark secret. Her recent success in tennis has come at a high price. The pressure, she said, had become so overbearing that she was struggling to sleep at night and no longer enjoying the prospect of going on court.

Fifth seed Errani beaten by teenage debutant

By Clare Fallon LONDON (Reuters) - Fifth seed Sara Errani was out-gunned in the Wimbledon first round on Monday by a teenager playing her first senior match on grass - Puerto Rican Monica Puig. The hard-hitting, Miami-based Puig, ranked 65th in the world, battered the Italian to win 6-3 6-2 on Court 18. Errani, a finalist at the French Open last year and a semi-finalist there earlier this month, said she had let her fear of grass get to her.

Tennis: Azarenka beats Errani, sets up Williams final

Victoria Azarenka set up a Rome Open final with world number one Serena Williams after ending local hopes of a dream final with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Sara Errani on Saturday. Azarenka's all-round more powerful and varied game carried her through a first set that was interrupted three times - twice by rain and once by Errani calling for her coach after dropping the first three games. Errani, who had beaten the Belarusian only once in their six previous encounters, emerged with bigger ambitions in the second set.

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Kvitova claims 10th tour title with Dubai victory

(Adds player quotes, details, context) By Matt Smith DUBAI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova claimed her 10th singles title after defeating Sara Errani 6-2 1-6 6-1 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday. The Czech started as favourite after winning her previous three meetings with the world number seven and the 22-year-old sought to assert her dominance from the off.

Tennis-Kvitova claims 10th tour title with win in Dubai

By Matt Smith DUBAI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova claimed her 10th singles title after defeating Sara Errani 6-2 1-6 6-1 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday. The Czech, who did not drop a set in the opening four rounds of the tournament, was the favourite after winning her previous three meetings with the Italian and the 22-year-old sought to assert her dominance from the start.

Tennis: Kvitova beats Errani to capture Dubai title

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova scored her biggest success in 15 months when a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Sara Errani earned her the Dubai Open title omn Saturday. The hard-hitting 22-year-old Czech looked as though she was going to swamp the French Open finalist from Italy when she won the first four games and the first set in little more than half an hour. But Errani adapted her tactics well, taking time away from Kvitova with earlier ball-striking and net rushes, and was rewarded with six games in a row in the second set.

Tennis: Kvitova sets up meeting with Errani in Dubai final

Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova will face Sara Errani of Italy in the final of the Dubai Open after beating Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in Friday's second semi-final. Left-hander Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, disposed of eighth seed Wozniacki 6-3, 6-4 in 82 minutes after Errani got the better of fellow Italian Roberta Vinci earlier in the day. Errani, the French Open finalist, continued her upward spiral by beating her best friend and doubles partner to reach the 12th final of her career.

Tennis: Toned-down Errani wins battle of best friends

Sara Errani, the French Open finalist, continued her upward spiral by beating her best friend and doubles partner Roberta Vinci to reach the 12th final of her career at the Dubai Open. The 25-year-old fifth seed did so with a 6-3, 6-3 win over her unseeded fellow Italian to underline why she has been voted the WTA's most improved player of the year, Vinci is the other half of the the world's top doubles partnership, whose 25-match winning streak last year was the longest by any women's doubles pair for 18 years.
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