Errani to take on Kvitova in Dubai final

Sara Errani beat her doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-3 in a subdued all-Italian semifinal at the Dubai Championships on Friday.

The fifth seed will now player 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in Saturday’s final. The Czech beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-4.

Errani and Vinci are the world’s top-ranked doubles pairing, having won three of the past four grand Slams.

They also practice together and that made for a strange encounter, with neither player celebrating winning key points.

“It was very tough playing against a friend, sometimes it happens and you just have to try to play normally,” Errani, 25, said in a court-side interview.

Sania-Bethanie in final

Sania Mirza earned a shot at her second title of the season with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands as they reached the final of the Dubai Championships.

The unseeded Indo-American pair took out Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova and Zimbabwe’s Cara Black 6-2 ,7-5.

Bopanna in semis

Rohan Bopanna and his British partner Colin Fleming fought their way to the semifinals of the ATP Open 13  in Marseille, edging past James Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin.

The second seeded Indo-American pair overcame a stiff resistance from the American-Canadian pair for a 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 10-7 win in the quarterfinals.
Bopanna and Fleming next face third seeded pair of Austria’s Julian Knowle and Slovakia’s Filip Polasek, who had an easy 6-4, 6-2 win over Jerzy Janowicz and Frederik Nielsen.

Cilic enters quarters

Top-seeded Marin Cilic saved three match points to narrowly avoid becoming the latest upset at the Memphis International tournament on Thursday.

Cilic avoided the same fate that befell second seed Milos Raonic on Wednesday despite trailing 6-4 and 7-6 in the third set tiebreak against Igor Sijsling, who double faulted on his third match point to allow Cilic to steal the tie-break 9-7 and set up a quarterfinal against Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

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