Giant-killer Vinci finds comfort in sticking to routine

Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:47pm EDT
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By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - Roberta Vinci may not be one for superstitions, but the tenacious Italian's routine ahead of her match against Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday could become commonplace after netting the biggest win of her career.

The 28-year-old said rather than introducing new things to her pre-match preparations she opted instead to stick with the familiar, and nobody will argue with that plan after she beat Wozniacki 6-4 7-5 in the second round of the Toronto Cup.

"No. Nothing special, nothing -- no change," Vinci told reporters after recording the biggest upset of the tournament. "I have the same coach, the same trainer, same friends."

Vinci moves on to the last 16 for a match against Serbia's Ana Ivanovic. She trails Ivanovic 4-1 lifetime but won in their only match this year at Pattaya City.

After holding serve during a first set where Wozniacki was spraying the ball long and wide, the world number 22 was broken twice in the second and appeared ready to let her opponent back in the match.

But Vinci noticed Wozniacki was struggling with the windy conditions and managed to break her serve three times in the second set to secure the victory.

"I was 5-1 down but I knew that I could win the set, because there was a lot of wind, so some mistakes, some balls, I was focused on every point," said Vinci.

"I tried to stay focused and play aggressive, some slice on her forehand when it was possible. And that's it."   Continued...

<p>Roberta Vinci of Italy celebrates defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their match match at the Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament in Toronto, August 10, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>