Timea & Tathiana Triumph
Published July 18, 2010 12:00
Both doubles title winners on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this week were unseeded, one duo in their first career event together and the other that is suddenly the hottest team going.
In Palermo, Alberta Brianti and Sara Errani made their first outing together a success, rolling past Jill Craybas and Julia Goerges in Saturday night's final, 64 61. It was Brianti's first Tour title of any kind. It was Errani's fifth Tour doubles title, three of them having come this year. This was her second doubles title in Palermo, having been victorious alongside Nuria Llagostera Vives in 2008 when she also won the singles title. The Italians did not have to play a seeded team all week.
Meanwhile, Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin edged third-seeded Agnes Szavay and Monica Niculescu in Sunday's Prague final, 75 76(4). In their first six career Tour events together, all in 2010, their best result was a runner-up showing in Barcelona (although they did win three ITF Women's Circuit events together in 2009). Now after also winning last week in Budapest, they have joined Cara Black and Liezel Huber, Errani and Roberta Vinci and Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta as the only duos this year to capture titles in consecutive weeks.
Bacsinszky and Garbin did not lose a set all week, including in their first round upset of No.1 seeds Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Bacsinszky now has two career Tour doubles titles, while Garbin has 10, making her the 27th active player with at least 10.
Active Players With Most Tour Doubles Titles
1. Lisa Raymond (USA) - 70
2. Rennae Stubbs (AUS) - 60
3. Cara Black (ZIM) - 54
4. Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) - 43
5. Liezel Huber (USA) - 42
6. Janette Husarova (SVK) - 24
7. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) - 22
7. Samantha Stosur (AUS) - 22
9. Serena Williams (USA) - 20
10. Venus Williams (USA) - 19