Errani upsets Brengle at 'Gaibledon'

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Italian player Sara Errani has upset second-seeded Madison Brengle in the opening round of the Veneto Open.

The 35-year-old Errani, who had a career-high world ranking of No.5 but is now No.213, beat Brengle 6-2 3-6 7-5. The 32-year-old Brengle is ranked 57th.

Errani double-faulted on her first match point at 5-4 in the third set and wasted another three match points in her next service game before sealing the match with a delightful lob.

Errani will next face Lucrezia Stefanini, who beat Vitalia Diatchenko 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium advanced by beating Italian wild-card entry Cristiana Ferrando 6-4 6-1.

Fourth-seeded Claire Liu, fifth-seeded Arantxa Rus and sixth-seeded Diane Parry also advanced. Liu beat Rebeka Masarova 4-6 6-2 6-3 Rus defeated Anna Blinkova 6-2 4-6 6-1, and Parry eliminated Lisa Pigato 6-4 6-1.

Also, seventh-seeded Greet Minnen beat Kateryna Baindl 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

The Veneto Open is taking place in Gaiba, a town of less than 1,000 inhabitants making it the smallest town in the world to host a WTA tournament.

It is the first WTA tournament played on natural grass in Italy.

Organisers are using former soccer fields and the host tennis club has been nicknamed "Gaibledon," in homage to Wimbledon.

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