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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Errani and Pennetta set up all-Italian final at Palermo Open

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Defending champion Sara Errani will meet top-seeded Flavia Pennetta in an all-Italian final of the Palermo Open.

Fifth-seeded Errani beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in the semifinals on Saturday. Pennetta defeated another Italian, Tathiana Garbin, 6-1, 6-1 on the red clay courts of the Country Time Club.

Errani improved her career Palermo record to 12-1. Besides her title last year, Errani reached the semifinals in 2007.

Pennetta has not dropped a set all week. She lost to Errani in last year's semifinals, but they are 1-1 against each other.

Pennetta has never won the title in Palermo, but it's the second time she's reached the final. She also advanced there in 2004.

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