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ERRANI & VINCI LEAD THE WAY

Worryingly for the rest of the WTA, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci are showing no sign of slowing down and arrive in Singapore on the back of another silverware-laden season.

Errani and Vinci kicked off 2014 with a runner-up finish in Sydney before going one better down the coast in Melbourne, where they withstood a number of stiff tests to defend their Australian Open crown.

After this, the Italians endured a dry spell in the Middle East and America before they got her hands on some silverware again as the tour returned to Europe for the clay court season.

The first of these came in Stuttgart, with victory over rivals Cara Black and Sania Mirza in the final, followed by another in Madrid and then a runner-up finish in Rome.

It looked for much of the French Open fortnight that they would produce a grandstand finish to this magnificent clay court campaign. But it was not to be, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai derailing their hopes of a second title in Paris.

This disappointment was short lived, though. Next on their radar was Wimbledon – the only Grand Slam to have eluded them. Seemingly galvanized by an early scare - they saved six match points against Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok - Errani and Vinci belief grew with each passing round, completing their major collection with victory over surprise finalists Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.

In their next event, the World No.1s extended their streak with victory in Montréal. Despite struggling to maintain this form for the rest of the summer, including a shock second round loss at the US Open, the aforementioned accomplishments were more than enough to confirm them as the first qualifiers for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.




 

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