Sara Errani became the first player in almost two years to sweep both the singles and doubles titles at a WTA tournament, doing so at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in picturesque Acapulco on Saturday. In a week Italian tennis could be extremely proud of – three Italians reaching the semifinals of a WTA tournament for the first time since 2009, then the first all-Italian WTA final since 2010 – it was the No.3-seeded Errani who rose above them all, beating No.1-seeded Roberta Vinci in Friday’s semifinals, 64 61, then No.2 seed Flavia Pennetta in Saturday evening’s final, 57 76(2) 60.
The first two sets of the final were particularly close – both 57 minutes, they showcased the Italian pair’s impressive speed and tenacity, as well as their big forehands. But Errani rolled off the first five points of the tie-break and her confidence only grew – once she closed that breaker out she won the third set in just 32 minutes, losing only three points in her three service games. “It was such a tough final against Flavia,” Errani said. “I had to run a lot and try to play my game and be aggressive in the important moments. It’s never easy playing an Italian but I played really well, especially in the third set. I can take a lot of confidence from this going into Indian Wells, but I always want more.”
Errani collected her third WTA title, having won her first two in the summer of 2008, at back-to-back events in Palermo (clay) and Portoroz (hardcourt).