Italians clinch career Grand Slam

  • Last Updated: July 5 2014, 19:11 BST

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci completed a career Grand Slam in women's doubles by landing their first Wimbledon title together.

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci celebrate their success
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci celebrate their success

The Italians overwhelmed Hungarian Timea Babos and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic under the roof on Centre Court, claiming a 6-1 6-3 victory.

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.

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.

Saturday's Wimbledon victory makes them the fifth women's team to complete the career Grand Slam, and the first since Serena and Venus Williams achieved the feat in 2001.

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.

Errani, 27, said of her achievement alongside 31-year-old Vinci: "It's unbelievable. There are no words to tell you what it means to us. I think we played perfectly.

"I never imagined doing this in doubles with my best friend.

"They were serving so strong. It was not easy, but she played unbelievable returning, serving, volleys, everything. We were very aggressive all the time."

Asked for the secrets of their success, Errani added: "Well, we always say this: we are very friendly outside. We are really like a team together all day with our families, our coaches.

"I think this is very important. We help each other very much. We know how to help the other."

Asked about the prospect of winning more major titles together, Errani said: "I don't know. For the moment we are very happy to make this and to make the Grand Slam."


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