A very delighted and excited Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, the number two seeds, raised the Women’s Doubles trophy above their heads on Louis Armstrong Stadium after seeing off the challenge of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, who were seeded third, in the final played Sunday afternoon as the curtain raiser to the delayed women’s final.
The Italians now have two Grand Slam doubles titles, both won this year, having also taken the title at the French Open. Although the Czech pair beat them in the quarters at this year’s Wimbledon Championship and reached the finals of the Olympics, losing to Serena and Venus Williams (while the Italians lost to the Williams sisters in the quarters), this time round the Italians, who also made it to the Aussie Open final (losing to Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova in three tough sets), had all the answers, with the final score being a relatively easy straight sets, almost one and a half hour, 6-4 6-2 win.
Errani now has the coveted number 1 spot on the WTA’s doubles ranking, having moved up from number 3; while her partner is now number 2, up from number 4. Hradecka’s and Hlavackova’s run to the final did not move them upwards in the rankings and they hold on to the 5th and 6th spots respectively.