Garrigues beat Polona Hercog in Palermo Open

Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Slovenian Polona Hercog in directly sets to claim the Palermo Open for a fifth time in eight visits. Spaniard Medina Garrigues, the fifth seed, claimed a 6-3 6-2 success over her 20-year-old challenger, who was on a nine-match winning streak having won her maiden title at Bastad last week.

The victory improved Medina Garrigues` hugely inspiring record in the Italian event, which has seen the clay-court specialist also victory here in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006.Medina Garrigues, 28, also now boasts the most clay court titles amongst active players after moving on to 10, one clear of Venus Williams.

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