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Ioánnina (yôäˈnēnä), city (1991 pop. 56,699), capital of Ioánnina prefecture, NW Greece, in Epirus, on Lake Ioánnina. The chief city of Epirus, it is the commercial center for an agricultural region. Manufactures include textiles and gold and silver products. Founded c.527 by Justinian, Ioánnina became an important city in the 11th cent. It was taken (1081) by the Normans, and in 1204, Michael I, despot of Epirus, made it his capital. It was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1430. Ali Pasha made it (1788) the stronghold of his virtually independent state. Ioánnina passed to Greece in 1913 as a result of the First Balkan War. Long a center of Greek learning, it is today the seat of the Univ. of Ioánnina. The city also appears as Janina, Jannina, or Yannina.
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a city in Greece, on Lake Ioannina. Capital of the nome (prefecture) of Ioannina, eparchy of Epirus. Population, 40,100 (1971). Ioannina, a transportation junction, has enterprises of the silk, cotton, woodworking, food-processing, and footwear industries. Carpets are woven in the city.

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1 Wozniacki who slipped to a 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2 French Open defeat to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer on a chilly Court Two on Tuesday.
BRITISH number one Laura Robson's return to tennis at the Hobart International was ended when she retired from her first-round match against Yanina Wickmayer due to injury.
Also through to round two are former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli and Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer, while a notable result in qualifying saw Kristyna Pliskova beat twin sister Karolina.
Eighth seed Petra Kvitova was forced to go the distance against Yanina Wickmayer.
Morita broke twice to Watson's one to edge a close second set before the same pattern was repeated in the third, the Japanese winning 1-6 7-5 6-4 to set up a meeting with Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.
Kristina Mladenovic a decroche avant-hier jeudi sa place en quarts de finale de l'Open GDF Suez aux depens de Yanina Wickmayer (6-4, 6-4).
Yanina Wickmayer claimed her place in the final of the Gastein Ladies event with a straight-sets victory over Luxembourg's Mandy Minella.
With: Victor Solnicki, Pola Winicki, Mirta Najdorf, Yanina Solnicki, Alan Solnicki, Sebastian Tarlowsky, Mateo Tarlowsky, Lara Tarlowsky.
Pironkova will face Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova, who breezed through with a 6-0 6-2 victory over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.
Elsewhere in the second round there were wins for Vera Zvonareva, Francesca Schiavone, Marion Bartoli, Sara Errani, Yanina Wickmayer, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Alize Cornet and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium lost to ninth seed Shahar Peer 6-3, 4-6, 1-6, who now sets up a possible run-in with Wozniacki.
"You're always trying to become better as a tennis player," said Jankovic, who will next face Vera Zvonareva of Russia after she triumphed 6-4 6-2 over Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer.