Errani & Vinci Close In On Career Slam
Published July 04, 2014 12:14
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.
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.