Sara Errani: The Middle Ground Of Montréal
Published August 07, 2012 12:00
MONTRÉAL, Canada - It's no secret: Sara Errani loves playing on clay, and doesn't love playing on grass. But how does she feel about hardcourts? The WTA's newest Top 10 player will kick off her summer hardcourt season this week at the Rogers Cup, hoping to get her first career win on Canadian soil.
Errani's clay-to-grass comparison this year is startling: she was a world beater on the slow stuff, winning four WTA titles, reaching her first Grand Slam final at the French Open and putting together a 29-4 win-loss record; meanwhile, on the much slicker grass, she compiled a more modest 2-3 win-loss record.
She balances out on hardcourts, with an 11-7 record so far this season.
"Hardcourt is not my favorite surface, but I like it more than grass, for sure!" Errani said. "I prefer slower courts, like clay, but also some hardcourts too. Grass is much faster and the serve is more important, so I don't find it easy.
"I like these courts in Montréal though, so I'll just try to play my game and we'll see how it goes this week. There are a lot of good players here."
Errani is coming off her second Olympics, and she was thwarted in both singles and doubles by some WTA legends - she fell first round in singles to Venus Williams and in the quarterfinals in doubles to the Williams sisters.
"It was an incredible experience to be there, but the results weren't too good," Errani reflected in Montréal. "In doubles we expected to win more matches but Williams are Williams, they are so strong. It's difficult they were unseeded and that we had to play them in the quarterfinals, but it was just bad luck. If they played all the time they'd be No.1. We tried everything but it didn't work.
"They're in another category. They are so strong. They serve so well and play so strong, it's very difficult to play against them, for anybody really."
And on Serena Williams' performance against Maria Sharapova in the final? "There are no words," the World No.9 commented. "Sharapova plays so well, and you see the score and think it can't be possible, but it's possible."
Errani is the No.8 seed in singles draw this week and, with Roberta Vinci, the No.2-seeded team in the doubles draw. With first round byes in both disciplines, she won't start her Canadian campaign until at least Wednesday.