Errani & Vinci Extend Win Streak to 17
Published June 04, 2012 09:00
PARIS, France - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci extended their win streak to 17 matches on Monday in reaching the semifinals of the French Open.
Errani and Vinci previously got past Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in tight finals in Madrid and Rome last month. Sure enough, their quarterfinal affair at Roland Garros was a battle, with the fourth-seeded Italians scoring a 64 57 64 triumph over the sixth-seeded Russians. In a dramatic third set, Errani and Vinci raced out to a 5-1 lead, lost three straight games, and were down 15-30 on Errani's serve before winning three straight points to close it out.
Though now 0-3 against Errani and Vinci, Makarova and Vesnina are 12-0 against everyone else. Errani and Vinci are 35-4 on the season and are two victories away from their fourth consecutive title, having captured Barcelona, Madrid and Rome leading up to the French Open.
Errani, who plays her singles quarterfinal on Tuesday, is having a deep run in both events for the second straight major. At January's Australian Open, she made her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in singles and her first Grand Slam final in doubles alongside Vinci.
Errani and Vinci's next opponents, Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez, had a much more one-sided quarterfinal experience. The 12th-seeded Spaniards were 62 63 winners over 14th-seeded Australians Jarmila Gajdosova and Anastasia Rodionova to match their best showing at a major - a semifinal showing here in 2010.
"It wasn't our day today but overall I had a great week here at Roland Garros playing doubles with Jarmila," Rodionova tweeted. "And it's only a beginning."
The remaining two quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, with No.2 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik facing off with No.5 seeds and defending champions Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka and No.3 seeds Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova playing No.7 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. Peschke and Srebotnik are 1-2 against their Czech opponents, and King and Shvedova are 1-0 versus their Russian foes. Like Errani, Shvedova is still alive in both events.
In mixed doubles, seventh-seeded Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi made the semifinals by beating second-seeded Kveta Peschke and Mike Bryan. The Indians have one Grand Slam title as a duo - the 2009 Australian Open.