Tennis Association (WTA) today honored Serena Williams
and the doubles team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci as
the WTA’s Year-End World No.1s in singles and doubles,
presented by Dubai Duty Free.
received their year-end No.1 trophies, presented by
Salah Tahlak, Senior Vice President of Corporate
Communications at Dubai Duty Free, during an on-court
presentation at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA
“Serena, Sara and Roberta have had outstanding seasons,” said Stacey
Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.
“They are truly inspirational women whose hard work and
dedication has taken them to the very top of the game,
and their feats continue to motivate many young athletes
around the world.”
“Dubai Duty Free
congratulates Serena, Sara and Roberta on reaching the
pinnacle of the sport in singles and doubles," said Mr.
Tahlak, Senior Vice
President of Corporate Communications at Dubai Duty
Free. “We are delighted to present these players with
their Year-End No.1 trophies which symbolizes
outstanding results in 2013. We are a proud partner of
the WTA and look forward to welcoming all three players
back to Dubai in 2014.”
accumulated a personal-best 10 singles titles during
2013, including two Grand Slams. She has earned this
honor for the third time in her illustrious career,
having also topped the rankings in 2002 and 2009.
With 56 career titles,
Williams is now seventh on the all-time list of most
Her $3.6 million prize
money payout from the US Open is the largest single
prize money purse in tennis history, and is projected to
be the first woman to reach $10 million in a single
season, pushing her career earnings past $51 million.
Her 76-4 win-loss record for the season includes a
career-best 34-match win streak.
The American becomes the
seventh player to finish the season as the WTA's
year-end No.1 three or more times during her career,
joining Steffi Graf (8), Martina Navratilova (7), Chris
Evert (5), Lindsay Davenport (4), Justine Henin (3) and
Martina Hingis (3).
Errani and Vinci have
captured three titles in 2013, highlighted by winning
the Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open and
finishing as runners-up at Roland Garros. Their other
titles came at the
Open GDF Suez [Paris Indoors]
and Qatar Total Open (Doha). They also reached a further
two finals at the Apia International Sydney and
Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome). As a result of their
success, they return to Turkey as the top-seeded doubles
team at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships – Istanbul
for the second year in a row. They are the first doubles
team to finish Year-end No.1 in back-to-back seasons
since Cara Black and Liezel Huber achieved feat three
straight years in 2007-2009.
First teaming up on a
regular basis in 2010, Errani and Vinci collected a
total of 16 doubles titles as a team throughout their
career. Both also have three more titles with different
partners, bringing their individual doubles title count
to 19 each.
The Italians achieved
strong seasons in 2013 in both singles and doubles. In
singles, Errani made her Top 5 debut following her SF
run in Rome (becoming the second Italian after Schiavone
to rank in Top 5). Meanwhile, Vinci reached a
career-best singles ranking of No.11, whilst winning her
8th and 9th career singles titles, at the BNP Paribas
Katowice Open and XXVI Italiacom Open (Palermo), where
she defeated Errani in the final, having lost five
previous matches to her friend. The Italians each
ascended to the No.1 ranking in 2012, Errani was the
first of the pair to reach the top spot on September 10,
2012, while Vinci took over from her on October 1, 2012.
The team have now been co-ranked world No.1 since April
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