ISTANBUL, Turkey - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have been named the Women's Tennis Association's Year-End No.1 doubles team and will be ranked No.1 and No.2 respectively in the individual year-end rankings on November 5.
The trophies were presented to the duo by Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Dubai Duty Free, Salah Tahlak, during an on-court presentation at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012.
"We have had an amazing year so we are very happy for that," Errani said.
Vinci agreed: "It has been a good season for us and to finish No.1 is so great. We didn't win today but we have played so well this year. We are happy to be the first Italian pair to finish No.1 and we're looking forward to next season."
"We congratulate Sara and Roberta for their wonderful year and finishing as the top-ranked WTA doubles team," WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster said. "The doubles game has never been more exciting, and Sara and Roberta have reached the top through fantastic and memorable play throughout the year."
"Dubai Duty Free congratulates Sara and Roberta on reaching the pinnacle of the sport in doubles," said Mr. Tahlak, Senior VP of Corporate Communications at Dubai Duty Free. "Their collective achievements in doubles and singles this year has been fantastic to watch for fans in Italy and around the world. Dubai Duty Free is a longstanding partner of the WTA and we are proud to align ourselves with the world's No.1 women's sport and No.1 women athletes."
Errani and Vinci have captured eight titles in 2012, highlighted by winning Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros and the US Open, and finishing as runner-up at the Australian Open. They won 25 consecutive matches, the longest doubles win streak since 1994, en route to winning five consecutive titles - Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros and 's-Hertogenbosch. As a result of their success, they were the top-seeded doubles team in Istanbul this week.
First teaming up regularly in 2010, Errani and Vinci won a total of 13 doubles titles as a team throughout their career. Both Errani and Vinci have also added three titles with different partners, bringing their individual counts to 16 each.
Both Errani and Vinci had career years in both singles and doubles. In singles, Errani made her Top 10 debut after reaching her maiden Grand Slam final at Roland Garros while winning four WTA titles. Meanwhile, Vinci reached a career-best ranking of No.15 after advancing to her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal at the US Open. The Italians have each held the WTA World No.1 doubles ranking this year. Errani ascended the rankings for the first time on September 10, after winning the US Open and held the World No.1 ranking for five weeks until Vinci moved ahead up her teammate on October 17, 2012.