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AFP
August 11, 2020

Ferro triumphs in post-coronavirus Palermo WTA Open

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AFP
August 11, 2020

PALERMO, Italy: France’s Fiona Ferro shocked fourth-seed Estonian Anett Kontaveit to win the Palermo Ladies Open, the first post-coronavirus tennis tournament on Sunday.

The 53rd-ranked Ferro came through 6-2, 7-5 in one hour 43minutes on her second match point against Kontaveit, ranked 22nd, and an Australian Open quarter-finalist this year. The 23-year-old Ferro claimed her second WTA after Lausanne last year, which will see her break into the top 50 next week.

Kontaveit had ousted Croatian top seed Petra Martic, ranked 15th, in the semi-final of the $222,500 tournament on Saturday. Despite the absence of the big names, all eyes were on Palermo to see if the sanitary measures were sufficient for a safe return to competition which had been suspended for five months.

A player tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Sicily and withdrew from the tournament, having stayed in her hotel while awaiting the results.