Sunday, September 9, 2012
Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci win title
NEW YORK -- Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci both got to celebrate this time.
Four days after facing off in a U.S. Open singles quarterfinal, when Errani didn't even crack a smile after clinching victory, they were dancing on court Sunday over their doubles title.
The second-seeded Italians beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-2 for their second Grand Slam championship -- and second in three months after they broke through at the French Open.
"Good thing is we can celebrate together," Errani said.
They're commemorating a career year for both. In singles, Errani was the runner-up at Roland Garros, and Vinci made her best Grand Slam run by reaching the quarters here.
Their matchup Wednesday, won 6-2, 6-4 by Errani, guaranteed that an Italian woman would reach the semifinals at this tournament for the first time since the Open era began in 1968.
Errani lost to Serena Williams 6-1, 6-2 in the semis Friday. She and Vinci were the ones dictating play Sunday against the third-seeded Czechs, who won last year's French Open.
"We play an amazing year," Errani said.