Palermo, Italy (Sports Network) - Top seed and defending champion Sara Errani
was an easy first-round winner Monday at the $235,000 Italiacom Open tennis
The 2012 French Open runner-up raced past American Julia Cohen 6-0, 6-1
in 65 minutes on the red clay at Country Time Club.
The Bologna, Italy, native Errani beat Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in
last year's Palermo finale to capture her second title here in five years. She
was also a Palermo runner-up in 2009.
Also on Day 1, seventh-seeded Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa snuck past
France's Mathilde Johansson 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 and Italian wild card Corinna
Dentoni overcame promising French teenager Caroline Garcia 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
The 2013 Palermo titlist will pocket $41,000.
The Sports Network