PARIS, France - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci's terrific start to the season continued with a run to the title at the Open GDF SUEZ a week after picking up their third Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
The top-ranked team in the world dropped three games in the first round against Alizé Cornet and Kristina Mladenovic, edged Julie Coin and Kristina Mladenovic in a match tie-break in the quarterfinals, had a walkover win in the semifinals and surrendered just two games in the final against No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Liezel Huber. They have now won 19 of their past 22 matches dating back to last year's US Open.
Paris was the Italians' 15th WTA doubles title as a duo and eighth since the start of 2012. The breakdown by surface is eight on clay, six on hard and one on grass. They also each now have 18 WTA doubles titles as individuals.
It was an especially productive week for Errani, as she also made it through to the singles final, the sixth time she has advanced to the singles and doubles final at the same event. Here is how she did in each of those instances:
2008 Palermo: won singles, won doubles
2011 Pattaya City: runner-up in singles, won doubles
2012 Acapulco: won singles, won doubles
2012 Barcelona: won singles, won doubles
2012 French Open: runner-up in singles, won doubles
2013 Paris [Indoors]: runner-up in singles, won doubles
It was Date-Krumm's fourth WTA doubles title and Dellacqua's first. Dellacqua had fallen in her three previous finals, two of which came at Grand Slams - one of those at the Australian Open a couple of weeks ago alongside Ashleigh Barty.
Date-Krumm is not only the second-oldest player to win a WTA singles title (she was 38 years and 11 months when she won Seoul in 2009 - Billie Jean King was 39 years and seven months when she won Birmingham in 1983) but at 42 years and four months, she is also the second-oldest player to win a WTA doubles title (Martina Navratilova won 12 WTA doubles titles between ages 45 and 49, while Date-Krumm has won three WTA doubles titles since turning 41). And this comes just a couple of weeks after Date-Krumm became the oldest player to win a singles match in Australian Open history.