Queens of the doubles Errrani and Vinci say their secret to success is their friendship

September 10, 2012

Interviews, WTA Tennis News

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci credited their success to their friendship. (Photo credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images North America)

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci were crowned champions at the U.S. Open, after their success in the final against Czech duo composed of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

“It’s a dream come true, it is a year that we have played great, a fantastic season that we hope continues. Earlier this year we never imagined to get so high: we knew we could reach the top ten, up to five in the world ranking, but never get to win two slams. It ‘s nice to celebrate this victory together. The key to our success is the friendship that binds us on and off the court: first of all we played as friends, then we noted that our relationship was very good on the court too. It was an incredible tournament; we have had a lot of fun. We knew it would be a tough match, we played aggressively and we were lucky,” said Sara Errani and from today they will be the number one ranking in doubles.

At the end of the match, the two Italians performed a kind of ballet. To “clarify” the funny episode, Roberta Vinci, was asked the name of the dance she replied: “No, no, really it has no name (laughs). It was the first time that we did it. It was a bit rubbish huh?”

Roberta then commented on the match:

“I played very well during my service games. The shots of Hradecka had a terrifying force, but we were good to limit their effect, playing in an unpredictable manner. We were afraid of losing the sets, when we had to close set 1 we wanted to win at any cost.”

One of the two losers, Andrea Hlavackova, admitted:

“It was the best game from them and they deserved the victory. We played a great tournament, even without having realized the dream of the title.”

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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