Zidansek wins opening match of Palermo Open’s return
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Fourth-seeded Tamara Zidansek beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-3 in Monday’s opening match of the Palermo Ladies Open, which is marking its return after a five-year absence.
The clay-court event was previously on the WTA calendar from 1990-2013.
The 56th-ranked Zidansek saved 10 of the 13 break points she faced.
Also, Paula Badosa beat Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 7-6 (4) and Arantxa Rus defeated Amandine Hesse 6-1, 6-3.
Prominent players in the field include fifth-ranked Kiki Bertens, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, and Italian wild card Sara Errani, a former French Open finalist. Errani is a two-time champion and two-time runner-up in Palermo.