Errani & Vinci Add To Title Haul
Published April 27, 2014 12:13
STUTTGART, Germany - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci put on a dominating display in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final on Sunday, just as they had all week, in winning their first WTA doubles title since the Australian Open.
Errani and Vinci had been in a mini-slump by their standards coming into Stuttgart, having not been beyond a semifinal in their five events since their triumph in Melbourne. In fact, they had actually lost three straight matches, though they were still No.1 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard.
But in Stuttgart, the top-seeded Italians showed why they are four-time Grand Slam champions. They did not surrender more than three games in a set all week, including in their 62 63 defeat of second-seeded Cara Black and Sania Mirza in the final.
Errani and Vinci were sharp from the get-go on Sunday, breaking serve twice en route to a 3-0 lead. And from 3-3 in the second set, they broke twice more to finish off the victory. Sure enough, break point opportunities were the key stat, with Errani and Vinci converting on six of nine and Black and Mirza on just two of seven.
"It's a great sensation, a great victory and a great tournament," Vinci said. "They are great players, tough opponents. We played good tennis today and are so happy."
This was Errani and Vinci's 18th WTA title as a duo and first on clay since the 2012 French Open. It was also the 21st WTA doubles title for each of them.
"We started very well in Australia, but we didn't do that well in Indian Wells and Miami, so it's good to be back on clay and get the victory," Errani said.
The first-time pairing were 46 62 119 winners over Katarzyna Piter and Maryna Zanevska. They lost six more points than they won but converted on five of seven break point opportunities compared to four of 10 for their opponents.
Muguruza's one previous WTA doubles title came in Hobart in 2013 with María-Teresa Torró-Flor, who ironically enough beat Muguruza in the singles semifinals on Saturday and Oprandi in the singles final on Sunday. This was Oprandi's first WTA title of any kind.