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Doubles Team Of Errani And Vinci First To Qualify For WTA Finals
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

The Womenís Tennis Association (WTA) announced that the World No.1 doubles team, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, have become the first doubles team to qualify for this yearís BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, to be staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 17-26, 2014.

The announcement comes the same week as the Italian doubles team returned to the co-No.1 position in the WTA Doubles Rankings after winning the title at Wimbledon. With the win, they became the fifth team in the Open Era to complete a Career Grand Slam adding to their previous Grand Slam doubles titles at Australian Open (2013, 2014), Roland Garros (2012) and US Open (2012). As a team, they have won 196 matches and have reached eight of the last 11 Grand Slam finals, including the first three Slams of 2014. They also won titles this year at the Porsche Grand Prix (Stuttgart) and the Mutua Madrid Open bringing their career doubles titles tally as a team to 20.  They have also compiled an undefeated record to date in Fed Cup doubles competition for Italy.

The 2014 WTA Finals marks Errani and Vinciís third consecutive year competing at the prestigious year-end event. In 2012 they earned the distinction of becoming the first all-Italian team to compete at the event and went on to finish both the 2012 and 2013 seasons as WTA Doubles Team of the Year. Vinci is returning to the WTA Finals for the fourth time in her career: her appearances now span a 13-year period, having made her debut in 2001 partnering with Sandrine Testud. Errani, who played in both the singles and doubles events in 2012 and 2013, has qualified in doubles for the third straight year and currently sits in 12th position to secure a singles position as well.

The WTA Finals was the most-watched WTA event of 2013, setting record broadcast and digital audience milestones with coverage in 170 countries via 50 broadcasters and 1,000 overall hours produced, which includes live matches, match replays, and player highlights. The 2013 WTA Finals set new records for fan engagement earning 15 million more fans across social media during the three years in Istanbul, with more than 150 million reached via #WTAFinals.

DOUBLES: ROAD TO SINGAPORE LEADERBOARD - AS OF MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014

RTS RANK

PLAYER

RTS POINTS

1

Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA)

8480

2

Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN)

4672

3

Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO)

3530

4

Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND)

3395

5

Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA)

3125

6

Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS)

2837

7

Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ)

2316

8

Rodionova/Kudryavtseva (AUS/RUS)

2180

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9

Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS)

1900

10

Muguruza/Suarez Navarro (ESP/ESP)

1885


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