Sunday, September 9, 2012

Clay not required: Errani and Vinci win U.S. Open

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, the hottest doubles team of 2012 and winners of the 2012 French Open, won the U.S. Open today when they defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-2 in the final. It was a bad day for Hradecka, who never seemed to be able to shake her nerves, and whose usual big serving abandoned her. Errani and Vinci, meanwhile, put on a clinic in lobbing, attacked whenever they had a chance, and were dominant over the team to whom they had lost at the Olympics and in Cincinnati.

The U.S. Open championship is the 8th title of the year for Errani and Vinci. Their on-court celebration after the match, led by Vinci, was a highlight of the week--a Petko-worthy dance moment (as opposed to Azarenka and Stosur).

Meanwhile, seemingly out of nowhere, an unseeded wild card, Atlanta-born Samantha Crawford won the junior title. Crawford defeated seed Anett Kontaviet 7-5, 6-3. Crawford ended the match with some the unusual first-and-second serve win percentage stats of 60 and 82. She hit six winners and made only two unforced errors.

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