One of the great double pairings of the last decade have decided to put an end to their storied partnership, as Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci officially announced the news on Thursday afternoon.
The Italian duo, who won five Grand Slam doubles titles together, announced the news in a joint statement.
After living a wonderful journey for the past several years, which has given us the chance to reach amazing results, we release the following note to inform you about our decision to end our doubles partnership.
We invested lots of energy, both mental and physical, to achieve our goals, which we are very proud of, therefore we now feel the need to rest and catch our breath.
It’s our common purpose to start new individual career paths and set brand new goals to try to reach, also for you to enjoy and take pride in.
As still the World No.1 doubles pair and grateful for the time we had together, we would love to thank our fans from all over the world for the continued support you have been giving us throughout these years, it has been an honor and a privilege for us to represent our Country…
Sara & Robi
The pair won their first two Grand Slam titles at the French and US Open back in 2012 and completed the career slam by winning the Australian Open at the start of 2014 before their crowning jewel at the Wimbledon Championships.
Their victory is a magnificent one, as Errani and Vinci are just the fifth pair in tennis history to accomplish the career slam, and the first since Venus and Serena Williams did so in 2001. They join Australians Margaret Court and Lesley Turner Bowrey, American duo Kathy Jordan and Anne Smith, Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver, and Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva.