Errani & Vinci Capture French Open Doubles
Published June 08, 2012 12:00
PARIS, France - As if her fortnight weren't sweet enough from reaching her first Grand Slam singles final, Sara Errani won the French Open doubles, as she and Roberta Vinci continued to dominate the doubles circuit and become the very first all-Italian team in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam doubles title.
The No.4-seeded Errani and Vinci were two games away from losing the final, trailing No.7 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova, 64 44, but a second wind brought them eight of the next 10 games and the victory, 46 64 62.
Having won five WTA doubles titles together in years past, Errani and Vinci have been piling the numbers on even more this year, bringing their career haul up to 11 with six more - Monterrey, Acapulco, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and here.
They have won all five clay court tournaments they have entered this year.
Errani was asked about juggling both disciplines at the business end of the tournament. "It was not hard - I just woke up today and have been thinking only about the doubles," she said. "Tomorrow I will think about the singles. I don't want to think about tomorrow now - it's not a good idea. I prefer to relax.
"Tomorrow we will see what happens."
"Now Sara is happy, confident and strong," Vinci said. "We will see what will happen tomorrow, but she really has nothing to lose in the final."
"I like to play singles and doubles. I have motivation for both," Errani added. "Also playing doubles makes me better prepared for singles, physically."
Errani and Vinci are projected to surge up the doubles rankings come Monday, Errani going up to No.3 and Vinci to No.4 (they are currently sitting at their career-high rankings of No.8 and No.9 in the world, respectively).
Kirilenko and Petrova are now 0-2 in Grand Slam doubles finals, Kirilenko a runner-up with Victoria Azarenka at last year's Australian Open (to Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta) and Petrova a runner-up with Liezel Huber at the US Open two years ago (to Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova).