Palermo, Italy (Sports Network) - In a rematch of last year's final,
Italian Sara Errani once again beat Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at the
$235,000 Italiacom Open tennis event.
The top-seeded former French Open runner-up Errani leveled Zahlavova Strycova
in 6-3, 6-2 fashion in Wednesday's second-round action on the red clay at
Country Time Club.
The 2012 champion Errani was also a Palermo runner-up in 2009.
Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa was pasting Mirjana
Lucic-Baroni, 6-2, 1-0, when the Croat retired on Day 3. Soler-Espinosa will
battle Errani in Friday's quarterfinals.
Additional second-round action saw German Dinah Pfizenmaier dismiss five-time
Palermo champion Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1, 6-1 and Czech Renata Voracova
erase Italian wild card Corinna Dentoni 7-5, 6-1. The Spanish Medina
Garrigues titled here in 2001, from 2004-06, and again in 2011.
The first round concluded Wednesday when third-seeded Frenchwoman Kristina
Mladenovic topped Portuguese qualifier Maria Joao Koehler 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
The 2013 Palermo titlist will pocket $41,000.
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