Sara beat Regina Kulikova in the first round in Palermo. She got broken in the first game, but after that it was rather easy and she won 6-1 6-3. After the first game, she didn’t face any breakpoints, while she broke Kulikova’s service 5 times. Sara said after the match that she likes to play in Palermo, because of the type of field and the balls. She also said that she felt she’s having a pretty good year so far, only perhaps she lacks some results in the tournaments that matter.
In the second round, Sara faces Pauline Parmentier from France. They have played twice before, in 2007 and 2008, and Sara won both matches easily.