1
1

Errani & Vinci Into Final, Kirilenko & Petrova Too

Two of the most talented teams on the WTA will meet for the Sony Ericsson Open doubles title.

Published March 31, 2012 12:00

Errani & Vinci Into Final, Kirilenko & Petrova Too
Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci

MIAMI, FL, USA - Four of the most versatile players on the WTA will take Stadium court Sunday in the doubles final of the Sony Ericsson Open, after Russians Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova and Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won their semifinal matches at the Premier-level event Friday.

No.5 seeds Kirilenko and Petrova were the first team to advance, blasting six aces - five from Petrova - to defeat Vania King and Monica Niculescu, 63 64.

"It's great to be in the final of this tournament - last year I lost first round here in doubles, so I'm really happy to go this far now," Kirilenko commented. "It's great to play with Nadia. We're a good team. Hopefully this title will be ours."

Kirilenko and Petrova are 2-0 in finals together, winning Cincinnati in 2008 and Moscow in 2009 (Moscow was Premier-level). Kirilenko has 10 WTA doubles titles, Petrova 19 (including here in 2004 with Meghann Shaughnessy).

No.6 seeds Errani and Vinci followed them into the final at night, winning seven straight games from 5-3 down in the first set to build a 75 30 lead, then never really looking back to beat Argentines Gisela Dulko and Paola Suárez, 75 63.

"We're very happy to reach the final here," Vinci said after the match. "We had a great match tonight with Gisela and Paola - they played a very good match."

"It was a tough match - we didn't start so well, but we got better game by game," Errani said. "I hope we can play well again Sunday and hopefully win."

Errani and Vinci are 7-5 in finals together, winning Marbella and Barcelona in 2010, Hobart, Pattaya City and Palermo in 2011 and Monterrey and Acapulco earlier this year (all of those tournaments were International-level).

These two teams will be playing against each other for the first time.

Both teams have won all of their matches in straight sets to reach the final.

All four finalists aren't just ranked in the Top 20 in doubles (Kirilenko No.11, Errani No.14, Vinci No.15 and Petrova No.16) but they are also all ranked in the Top 35 in singles (Vinci No.20, Kirilenko No.22, Errani No.30, Petrova No.35).

Share this page!

Related news

  • USANA & The WTA's Change Makers

    July 28, 2014
    Every time a WTA player hits an ace, they raise money for an amazing cause - and it's doubled for USANA Ambassadors. Which WTA Rising Star tops the list? Find out here!
  • Qualifier Stuns Stosur In Stanford

    July 28, 2014
    In her first WTA main draw match, 16-year-old Naomi Osaka edged former US Open champion Samantha Stosur in a thriller in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic.
  • Puig In No Rush To Reach The Top

    July 28, 2014
    Monica Puig has had a difficult year at the Grand Slams, falling early in Melbourne, Paris and London, but she remains confident that success is just around the corner.
To The Top
3