Sara Errani

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Sara Errani
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Sara Errani at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
Country Italy Italy
Residence Massa Lombarda, Italy
Born (1987-04-29) April 29, 1987 (age 27)
Bologna, Italy
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $9,644,519
Singles
Career record 400–269
Career titles 7 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 5 (May 20, 2013)
Current ranking No. 14 (July 7, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2012)
French Open F (2012)
Wimbledon 3R (2010, 2012)
US Open SF (2012)
Other tournaments
Championships RR (2012, 2013)
Doubles
Career record 286–154
Career titles 23 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (September 10, 2012)
Current ranking No. 1 (July 7, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2013, 2014)
French Open W (2012)
Wimbledon W (2014)
US Open W (2012)
Other Doubles tournaments
Championships SF (2012, 2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (2009, 2010, 2013)
Last updated on: July 7, 2014.

Sara Errani (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsara erˈrani]; born April 29, 1987) is a professional tennis player from Italy. She is the Italian no. 2 (out of 6 Italians in the top-100). As of 7 July 2014, she is ranked world no. 14 in singles and world no. 1 in doubles. She has won seven career singles titles, and 23 career doubles titles, including five Grand Slam championships and three Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 titles.

Errani's breakthrough season occurred in 2012. At the Australian Open, she reached the quarterfinals in singles and was a finalist in doubles. Known as a clay-court specialist,[1][2] Errani won three titles on clay going into the 2012 French Open, where she reached the finals in both the singles and doubles tournaments, winning the doubles title with her partner Roberta Vinci.[3] They also won the doubles titles at the 2012 US Open, and the 2013 and 2014 Australian Open. Her achievement in reaching the 2012 US Open singles semifinals leaves Wimbledon as the only Grand Slam tournament in which Errani has yet to make the quarterfinals in singles.

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, winning the 2014 Wimbledon Women's Doubles title together, became only the fifth pair in tennis history to complete a Career Grand Slam.[4]

Career[edit]

Early life and junior career[edit]

Errani was born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy to Giorgio, a fruit and vegetable seller and Fulvia, a pharmacist. At the age of 12, her father sent her to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. At 16, she moved to Valencia, Spain, to be coached by Pablo Lozano and David Andres.[5]

Errani competed in her first event at the $10,000 Cagliari event in her native Italy in 2002, where she lost to Sun Tiantian. She continued to compete in the ITF, where her best performance of the year was a semifinal appearance in Zaton. She continued to participate mainly on the ITF ciruit, where she won her first tournament over Lucia Jiminez in Melilla, Spain in 2005.

2008–2011[edit]

Sara Errani at the 2010 US Open

The first WTA title of her career was in the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, where she defeated Mariya Koryttseva. On July 27, 2008, she captured her second career title in two weeks, defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues. She has also won six doubles WTA titles.

In 2009, Errani was the runner-up at two WTA tournaments: in Palermo and Portorož, as the defending champion in both. Errani was defeated in the first round of the 2009 French Open by defending champion Ana Ivanovic, whom she would beat in the third round three years later.

Errani reached the third round in every Grand Slam except the French Open in 2010, where she lost in the first round. At the 2010 US Open, she upset Alisa Kleybanova in the second round, before losing to eventual quarterfinalist Samantha Stosur in the third round.

Errani was a member of Fed Cup-winning Italian team in 2009 and 2010. In February 2011, she reached the final of the PTT Pattaya Open, where she was defeated by Daniela Hantuchová.

2012: Breakthrough[edit]

At the beginning of 2012, Errani decided to change her racquet, switching from Wilson to Babolat, opting for a heavier and slightly longer model than the last, allowing for more power and better reach. This change caused her to return her $30,000 endorsement fee to Wilson.[6] However, she and several commentators cite the new racquet as a reason for her improved game and her entry into the top 10 of the WTA rankings. In the first five months of 2012, she won three singles titles, earning over $1.3 million in prize money. Errani herself dubbed her new racquet "Excalibur", named after the sword of King Arthur.[7]

Sara Errani at the 2012 New Haven Open at Yale

At the 2012 Australian Open Errani advanced to her first grand slam quarterfinal, defeating Nadia Petrova, Sorana Cîrstea, and Jie Zheng en route, before losing to Petra Kvitová. Her ranking jumped to world no. 33, a career best. At the Abierto Monterrey Open, she was the second seed and reached the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Tímea Babos, but she triumphed on the clay in Acapulco as the third seed, winning her third career title. She defeated fellow Italians Roberta Vinci, and second seed Flavia Pennetta in her last two matches. Errani fell in the opening round of Indian Wells to Vania King, and in the second round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open against Sloane Stephens.

As the seventh seed at the Barcelona Ladies Open, Errani stormed to her fourth career title and second of the year, not dropping a set, beating second seeded Julia Görges in the quarterfinals, Carla Suárez Navarro in the semifinals, and Dominika Cibulková in the final. Afterwards, her ranking rose to world no. 28. In the Fed Cup semifinals against the Czech Republic, Errani lost to Petra Kvitová, but beat Andrea Hlaváčková, with Italy losing the tie. On May 7, 2012 Errani won the 2012 Budapest Grand Prix, tying countrywoman Roberta Vinci for the most titles won by an Italian female in a year at three.[8]

Her performance continued to improve when she reached the finals of the 2012 French Open. En route she defeated Casey Dellacqua, Melanie Oudin, and 2008 and 2009 French Open winners Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova, respectively.[9] She secured a place in the semifinals by eliminating the German tenth seed Angelique Kerber, her first win over a current top-10 player.[10] In the semifinals, she overcame the reigning US Open champion and 2010 French Open finalist Samantha Stosur to reach her first Grand Slam singles final opposite Maria Sharapova.[11] Errani lost in the final.[12] However, her progress in this tournament helped her achieve the no. 10 ranking.

In addition to her singles wins, Errani also won six doubles titles with Roberta Vinci including the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open, the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, and the 2012 French Open. She and Vinci also made the finals of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open and the 2012 Australian Open.

At Wimbledon, Errani lost in the third round to Yaroslava Shvedova, suffering the humiliating loss of the first Golden Set (i.e. a set in which every point is won by the same player) in the women's tennis open era, and second ever recorded.[13] In the month of July, at the Italiacom Open 2012, Errani, without losing a set, won her fourth title of the year, the sixth in her career. She defeated the Czech Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová (seeded eighth) in the final.[14] Errani then lost in the first round of the singles competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

She then played the 2012 Rogers Cup, where she lost in the third round to eventual finalist Li Na. She then lost to Venus Williams in the third round of the Western & Southern Open. She then played the New Haven Open as the fourth seed. She reached the semifinals by beating fifth seed Marion Bartoli. She lost in the semifinals to Petra Kvitová. At the US Open, Errani had a slow start by beating Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco in three sets. However, she easily defeated the Russians Vera Dushevina and Olga Puchkova. She lost only three games in these two rounds. In the fourth round, she defeated sixth seed, Angelique Kerber. In the quarterfinals, she defeated her doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, to come into the semifinals, where she lost in straight sets to eventual champion Serena Williams.[15] With this result, she is the first Italian woman in the Open Era to reach the semifinals of the US Open, and the first Italian woman ever to come at least into semifinals of two different majors.

Errani partnered again with Vinci for the US Open. They were seeded second, behind the defending champions Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. Errani and Vinci won the US Open women's doubles final. As of result, she reached the no. 1 spot on 10 September 2012.[16]

At the end of the year she took part in the WTA Tour Championships for the first time in her career. Here, she was defeated in straight sets by Maria Sharapova, but she beat Samantha Stosur in the following match; she lost to fourth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in a match lasting three hours and 29 minutes (the longest best-of-three-set match in WTA Championships history). With that loss, Errani did not advance beyond the round-robin stage.[17] She finished her breakthrough year as no. 6 in the world in WTA singles rankings.

2013: Continued success[edit]

Errani started the year in the Premier event in Brisbane. In the first round, she defeated a qualifier, Olga Puchkova of Russia. She then lost to Daniela Hantuchová. Errani had better results at Sydney, where she beat Maria Kirilenko, the 14th seed, in two sets en route to the quarterfinals. However, she lost to eventual finalist, Dominika Cibulková, the 15th seed, easily. She was the seventh seed at the Australian Open, where she had reached the quarterfinals in 2012. However, she was defeated by Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round. In the doubles tournament, Errani, partnering with Vinci, won her third Grand Slam title, beating Australian wildcards Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the final.

She reached the final of the Open GDF Suez in Paris, losing to Mona Barthel.[18] At the Qatar Ladies Open, she reached the quarterfinals, but she lost to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. However, she won her third doubles title of the year, with Vinci, beating Petrova and Srebtonik in the final. One week later, she came into the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championship, beating Nadia Petrova in three sets. Here, she defeated her doubles partner Roberta Vinci, reaching her second singles final of the year where she lost to Petra Kvitová in three sets. At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Errani reached her third final of the year (the second in a row) facing Carla Suárez Navarro. She won the final in two sets, her seventh singles title.

Sara Errani at the 2013 Roland Garros

Her next tournament was Indian Wells, where she was seeded sixth and reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets. The following week, she played in Miami, where she was the eighth seed; she received a bye into the second round, and then she defeated Daniela Hantuchová and Simona Halep easily. In the fourth round, she faced Ana Ivanovic and beat her, reaching her second Premier Mandatory's quarterfinal in a row against Maria Sharapova, but for the fourth time in a row, she lost to the Russian in straight sets.

In the first week of May, her next tournament was the Mutua Madrid Open, where, defeating Urszula Radwańska, Sorana Cîrstea, Varvara Lepchenko, and Ekaterina Makarova, she reached the semifinal, her first in a WTA Premier Mandatory, where she was beaten by Serena Williams in straight sets. She reached the semifinal at Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where she was defeated by Victoria Azarenka.

As fifth seed, she played at 2013 French Open and, trying to defend the final of the last year. She defeated Arantxa Rus, Yulia Putintseva, and Sabine Lisicki to reach the fourth round, where she struggled to upset the Spanish Carla Suarez Navarro. In the quarterfinal, Errani beat the fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, her first win over a current top-5 player. However, in the semifinal, she lost to a perfect Serena Williams in straight sets. In doubles, with Roberta Vinci, she reached her fifth Grand Slam final, but they lost to the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

She was defeated by Monica Puig in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon 2013, despite being seeded fifth. She reached the final in Palermo, where she was defeated by Roberta Vinci. Then she played in Rogers Cup as fifth seed, and for the first time, she reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by third seed Agnieszka Radwanska. In Cincinnati she lost in the third round to Roberta Vinci again, while at the US Open she suffered a tough lost in the second round to Flavia Pennetta, eventual semifinalist; in the doubles, as defending champion, she lost in the quarterfinals to Williams sisters.

In Tokyo, at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Errani was eliminated in straight sets by Svetlana Kuznetsova, while at the China Open she defeated Kirsten Flipkens and Misaki Doi, before losing to Petra Kvitova in three sets. She was the sixth player qualified for the 2013 WTA Tour Championships for the second consecutive time. There, she was defeated by Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, after leading 5-2 and 6-5 in the first set and after having a calf injury. Then she was defeated by Li Na in two sets, after saving three match points, one of those when she was 3-5 down. Out of the semifinals, she defeated for the first time the former World n.1 Jelena Jankovic in straight sets.

2014: Falling Out of Top 10, Career Grand Slam in Doubles[edit]

Errani began her season at the 2014 Shenzhen Open, where she fell in the second round to American Vania King. She then travelled to Australia to compete in the Sydney International, where she reached the quarterfinals in singles, and was a finalist in doubles with Roberta Vinci, losing to Timea Babos and Lucie Šafářová. At the 2014 Australian Open, she lost her opening match against Julia Goerges of Germany. However, the doubles was completely different, as she and Vinci successfully defended their title, defeating first-time Australian Open finalists Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia in three sets to claim their fourth Grand Slam title.[19]

The following week she managed to defend the final at the Open GDF Suez in Paris by beating Alizé Cornet, but she lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets after winning the first and having a break either in the second or in the third ones. At the Qatar Ladies Open she reached the quarterfinals, losing easily to the eventual champion Simona Halep; one week later in Dubai Tennis Championship, she lost in the second round to Sorana Cirstea for the first time in her career, after always defeating her in the previous five meetings.

In March, her next tournaments were Indian Wells and Miami, in which she lost in the third round respectively to Eugenie Bouchard and Ekaterina Makarova; because of the loss to the Russian in Miami, she left the top 10 rankings after 94 weeks from June 2012, letting the Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova enter in the top 10 for the first season in her career.

In April, she played in Charleston and she reached the quarterfinals, where she was upset by the young Swiss player Belinda Bencic, wasting an opportunity to enter in the top 10 rankings again; then, she played a good tournament at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, by beating in a row Klara Koukalova, Kaia Kanepi and Carla Suarez Navarro and by advancing to the semifinals for the first time here, where she lost to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets. In the doubles, she won the title, partering with compatriot and friend Roberta Vinci, after beating Cara Black and Sania Mirza; her next tournament was Mutua Madrid Open, where she beat former top 10 players such like Andrea Petkovic and compatriot Francesca Schiavone, both in straight sets, but she was upset by the French Caroline Garcia in the third round. She won her third doubles title of this season in Madrid, defeating the Spanish pair Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro; one week later, she played amazingly at Internazionali BNL d'Italia, defeating Chanelle Scheepers, Ekaterina Makarova, Petra Cetkovska, upsetting World n.2 Li Na in three sets for the first time in her career, after losing the previous six meeting against the Chinese player and beating so a top 3 player for the first time in her career; she reached the final, after beating in straight sets World no.8 and former World no.1 Jelena Jankovic, but she was defeated by Serena Williams, also penalized by a thigh injury, which forced her to retire in the doubles final after losing four games against Srebotnik and Psechke.

As the tenth seed, she played at 2014 French Open; she beat Madison Keys in three sets, Dinah Pfizenmaier and Julia Glushko in straight sets; then, in the fourth round she ousted seventh seed from Serbia Jelena Jankovic, reaching here her third straight quarterfinal, where she fell quite surprisingly to the German Andrea Petkovic, who beat her in straight sets. In the doubles, she played alongside Roberta Vinci; they reached their third consecutive final, falling to Asian pair Hsieh Su-wei and Shuai Peng in straight sets.

After losing to Caroline Garcia of France in the first round of Wimbledon in the singles, Errani had a career best performance in the women's doubles, as her and Vinci won the tournament to complete a Career Grand Slam.[4] They beat Hungary's Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic of France 6–1 6–3 in 56 minutes. Upon reaching the final, Errani and Vinci reclaimed the number 1 ranking in women's doubles, after having relinquished the ranking in February to Peng Shuai of China.

Errani is currently competing at the 2014 Gastein Ladies in Bad Gastein where she is the second seed.

Playing style[edit]

During the 2012 season, Errani became known for producing a high first-serve percentage.[1] Having won multiple titles on clay, she is widely recognized as a clay-court specialist, and is renowned for her use of strategy on the surface—including her tendency to position herself well, and to return serves early.[1][20] Being a doubles specialist as well, she is noted for her speed around the court, and for hitting the ball with a lot of spin, as well as for her deep and loopy groundstrokes.[21]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2012 French Open Clay Russia Maria Sharapova 3–6, 2–6

Doubles: 8 (5–3)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2012 Australian Open Hard Italy Roberta Vinci Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–5, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 2012 French Open Clay Italy Roberta Vinci Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Nadia Petrova
4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2012 US Open Hard Italy Roberta Vinci Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–4, 6–2
Winner 2013 Australian Open Hard Italy Roberta Vinci Australia Ashleigh Barty
Australia Casey Dellacqua
6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2013 French Open Clay Italy Roberta Vinci Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
5–7, 2–6
Winner 2014 Australian Open Hard Italy Roberta Vinci Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–4, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 2014 French Open Clay Italy Roberta Vinci Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
China Peng Shuai
4–6, 1–6
Winner 2014 Wimbledon Grass Italy Roberta Vinci Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–1, 6–3

Career statistics and performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slams
Australia Australian Open A LQ 1R 3R 3R 1R QF 1R 1R 8–7
France French Open A LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R F SF QF 16–7
United Kingdom Wimbledon LQ A 1R 2R 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 6–7
United States US Open LQ 2R 2R 3R 3R 1R SF 2R 12–7
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 1–4 5–4 6–4 2–4 17–4 6–4 4–3 42–28
Year-End Ranking[22] 171 70 42 48 43 45 6 7

Women's doubles[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slams
Australia Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R F W W 17–5
France French Open 2R 2R 2R 3R W F F 21–6
United Kingdom Wimbledon 2R 2R 3R 3R QF 3R W 17–6
United States US Open 1R 1R 1R QF W QF 12–5
Win–Loss 2–4 2–4 3–4 7–4 20–2 16–3 11–1 67–22

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Wimbledon 2012: Yaroslava Shvedova claims 'golden set' as Sara Errani makes unwanted history". The Telegraph. 30 Jun 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
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  17. ^ "Radwanska Survives, Moves Into Semifinals". Retrieved Oct 26, 2012. 
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  20. ^ MacDonald, Geoff (7 June 2012). "How Did Errani Win? Smart Adjustments". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
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External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
WTA Most Improved Player
2012
Succeeded by
Romania Simona Halep
Preceded by
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik &
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
WTA Doubles Team of the Year
(with Italy Roberta Vinci)

2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik &
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
ITF Women's doubles World Champions
(with Italy Roberta Vinci)

2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent