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Errani & Vinci Close In On Career Slam

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci cruised past Andrea Hlavackova and Zheng Jie to move within touching distance of completing their collection of majors.

Published July 04, 2014 12:14

Errani & Vinci Close In On Career Slam
Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci

LONDON, England - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci reached their first Wimbledon final with a commanding straight set win over Andrea Hlavackova and Zheng Jie.

Early breaks in both sets laid the foundations for a 6-3, 6-2 win for Errani and Vinci, who will meet Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in Saturday's final. 

The Italians are bidding to become just the fifth team in history to complete the career Slam and after an early scare they have grown in confidence with each passing round.

A bright start against Hlavackova and Zheng was rewarded when Vinci smashed away a misjudged lob to open up a 2-0 lead, and despite being pegged back a few games later they went on to take the set courtesy of a delightful drop volley from Vinci.

When Zheng double faulted to hand over a break at the start of the second, Errani and Vinci looked in danger of running away with it. To their credit, the No.9 seeds continued to battle away, but they were unable to turn the tide, Hlavackova steering a forehand return wide on match point.

Babos and Mladenovic were equally impressive in ending the run of Magdalena Rybarikova and Andrea Petkovic, 6-1, 6-3.

Rybarikova and Petkovic had taken out a number of big names en route to the semifinals, including No.3 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, but they ran out of steam against Babos and Mladenovic, who needed less than an hour to reach their first Grand Slam final.

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