Getting back into the top 100 of WTA rankings is Sara Errani’s ultimate ambition. A wildcard to the Palermo Ladies Open, a competition the Massa Lombarda tennis player has already played in 13 times, is helping her achieve that end aim.
Asked by La Sicilia, she said, “I guess I’ve only played in Paris more than Palermo. It’s a safe bet that the Slam doubles winner will strive to win a WTA tournament after winning in Contrexeville, France.
“I don’t have any lofty aspirations; instead, I simply strive to do my best every day. Getting back into the top 100 is something I’m considering now, but it’s not something I’m fixated on. Having a goal is beneficial, but it should not be the only one “As Errani reported to La Sicilia, he said.
This will be her fourteenth appearance in Palermo, a tournament she has won twice (in 2008 and 2012) and lost to two of her own countrywomen in the finals (in 2009 and 2013): Flavia Pennette and Roberta Vinci.
Palermo has lofty goals.
Sara Errani will make her ATP Tour debut against Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy, the world number 111, who comes to the Sicilian city fresh off a quarterfinal loss in Budapest to eventual tournament champion USA Pera.
“Coccia is a powerful player who has been playing well after her injury. She is now on the mend. It’s going to be a difficult game, “she stated in reference to her own first-round matchup. Errani also stated that “anyone can win, in women’s tennis you can’t tell” when questioned about the Palermo tournament’s favorite.
Martina Trevisan, seeded first in the Sicilian event, is one among the favorites. The Azure is coming off a strong clay-court season, with the highlight being a run to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, where she lost to rising star Coco Gauff of the United States.