Italian duo completes career Grand Slam

July 06, 2014 - 9:41:10 am
Italy’s Sara Errani (right) and Roberta Vinci hold the women’s doubles winners’ trophies at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon yesterday.

LONDON: Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci completed a career Grand Slam after beating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-3 in the women’s doubles final at Wimbledon yesterday.

Playing in their first final at the All England Club, the No. 2 seeds became the first pair to win all four Grand Slams since Venus and Serena Williams in 2001.

With the rain pouring down in southwest London, the roof on Centre Court was closed and the four-time Grand Slam winners dominated the opening set, wrapping it up in 27 minutes.

Hungarian Babos and Frenchwoman Mladenovic, who ousted top seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai en route to the title match, offered more resistance in the second set but suffered a decisive break in the sixth game.

Vinci fired down a service winner to clinch it, prompting Errani to fall to the turf in celebration. Vinci embraced her before the pair raced up to the players’ box to embrace friends and family.

“I don’t think I ever was as tense as I was today,” said Errani.

Errani and Vinci have been the dominant doubles team in the women’s game since 2012, the year in which they won the French Open and US Open. They added the Australian Open title last year and made a successful defence in January.

Yesterday’s Wimbledon victory makes them the fifth women’s team to complete the career Grand Slam

Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver remain the only combination to have carried off the women’s doubles Grand Slam in a single year, dominating at the four majors in 1984.

The other teams to have won all four are Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva, and Kathy Jordan and Anne Smith.

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