NEW YORK, NY, USA - They were already the first all-Italian duo in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam doubles title, and just a few months later they’ve done it again. Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci added the US Open title to their historic French Open from earlier in the year, defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in straight sets in Sunday afternoon’s doubles final.
While Errani and Vinci were the higher-seeded team - the No.2 seeds - it was the No.3-seeded Hlavackova and Hradecka who had all the momentum going into the final, winning the last three head-to-head meetings and not even losing a set the entire fortnight. But Errani and Vinci were too solid on the day, putting together a +7 differential (22 winners to 15 unforced errors) while Hlavackova and Hradecka had a -7 differential (18 to 25). Errani and Vinci cruised, 64 62.
“We played aggressive today and it was good for us,” Errani said after the match. “It was a tough match, but it was important for us to play aggressively.”
“We won the US Open, so of course we are very happy,” Vinci said.
As already mentioned Errani and Vinci now have two Grand Slam titles as a team, the 2012 French Open and 2012 US Open, and they now have 13 overall WTA titles together. Errani will rise to No.1 in the world and Vinci will rise to No.2 on the new doubles rankings, career-highs for both Italians.
“It’s a dream come true,” Errani said of their new rankings. “We’ve played amazing all year - making the final in Australia and winning in Paris, and winning so many matches on clay. We’ve done well on every surface this year.
“Of course this is an amazing achievement for us - we hope to continue.”
The two also had very good singles tournaments, Errani reaching the semis and Vinci the quarters. In fact they played each other in the quarters, Errani winning - and after the match there was a very notable lack of celebration from Errani.
“The good thing about this one is we can celebrate together,” Vinci said after the match. “It’s always better to finish winning together. It’s a good thing.”
Hlavackova and Hradecka were playing in their third Grand Slam doubles final together and are now 1-2 in those, winning the French Open last year and finishing runners-up at Wimbledon and the US Open this year. They were also runners-up to the Williams sisters at the Olympics, taking home silvers.
It was actually a very good singles tournament for many of the doubles players - for the first time since the 2005 Australian Open, three of the four doubles finalists also made the second week of the singles tournament (with Errani, Vinci and Hlavackova all doing it here - and Lindsay Davenport, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alicia Molik doing it at the 2005 Australian Open).