Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 6/26/14

REGGIO CALABRIA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 07: Flavia Pennetta of Italy during her match against Alexa Glatch of USA at the Final of the Fed Cup World Group between Italy and the USA at Circolo Tennis Rocco Polimeni on November 7, 2009 in Reggio Calabria, Italy. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
Alexa Glatch (Photo by Craig Glover) By Steve Pratt LAS VEGAS, Nev., (Sept. 30, 2011) – Get ready for a battle in the first semifinal of the third annual Lexus of Las Vegas on Saturday. Top-seeded Italian Romina Oprandi knows she’ll be in for one.   Oprandi beat University of Florida junior and USTA Vegas wild card Allie Will in the quarterfinals on Friday, 7-6 (6), 6-1, to advance to the semifinals at the third annual event, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, taking place at the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin.   Oprandi meets Japan’s Kurmuri Nara ion Saturday in a rematch of their second-round qualifying match at the recent US Open which Oprandi eventually won in a three and a half hour battle. Oprandi went on to qualify for the Open and won a main-draw round at the year’s final Grand Slam in New York City.   The Open was the first tournament back for Oprandi since breaking her hand after slipping at a grass court event a week before Wimbledon that put her in a cast for eight we...
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