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Lucia Bronzetti reaches first final on tour at Palermo Ladies Open

Tennis WTA Tour in Bad Homburg

22 June 2022, Hessen, Bad Homburg: Tennis: WTA Tour, Singles, Women, Round of 16, Bronzetti (Italy) - Kerber (Germany). Lucia Bronzetti plays a backhand. Photo: Joaquim Ferreira/dpa (Photo by Joaquim Ferreira/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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PALERMO, Sicily -- Lucia Bronzetti reached her first final on tour by rallying past fellow Italian Jasmine Paolini 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Palermo Ladies Open on Saturday.

Paolini double-faulted to hand Bronzetti a 5-3 lead in the third set and a chance to serve it out - which Bronzetti did at love.

The 78th-ranked Bronzetti wasn’t expecting to get this far.

“If you had told me at the start of the week, I wouldn’t have believed it,” she said.

In the final on the red clay of the Country Time Club, Bronzetti will face fourth-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo or sixth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu.