Istanbul Profile: Sara Errani
Published October 17, 2013 12:01
Highlights: Acapulco (winner), Paris [Indoors], Dubai, Palermo (runner-up)
Grand Slam Performance: Australian Open (first round), Roland Garros (semifinalist), Wimbledon (first round), US Open (second round)
Win/Loss Record: 46-22
Record Against Top 10: 1-10
WTA Championships History: round robin (2012)
Following up a season like the one Sara Errani enjoyed in 2012 was never going to be easy. But the Italian has done just that in 2013, overcoming a few bumps along the way to consolidate her place at the top of women's tennis.
After a slightly underwhelming start in Australia, Errani was quick to nip any suggestion of second season syndrome in the bud in the only way she knows how: winning matches.
The successful defense of her Acapulco title and final appearances at the Premier events in Paris and Dubai got her campaign back on track ahead of the tour's move to the red clay of Europe.
Having thrived in the role of underdog 12 months earlier, Errani headed to Madrid, Rome and Paris with the added weight of expectation on her shoulders this time around. And she did not disappoint, reaching the semifinals at all three events.
Wimbledon ended in a first round defeat to Monica Puig before Errani was back on her beloved clay, narrowly failing to defend her Palermo title, losing to friend and doubles partner Roberta Vinci in the final.
Success proved harder to come by over the remainder of the summer, although it was not enough to jeopardize her hopes of returning to Istanbul, which she rubber stamped after a run to the last 16 in Beijing.