Wimbledon: Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci win women's doubles
Last Updated: 05/07/14 7:05pm
Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci completed a career grand slam after beating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 6-3 in the women's doubles final at Wimbledon on Saturday.
The Italian duo wrapped up the opening set in just 27 minutes with the roof on Centre Court closed due to rain in south-west London.
Hungarian Babos and Frenchwoman Mladenovic, who ousted top seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai en route to the title match, fought back in the second set but suffered a decisive break in the sixth game.
Vinci fired down a service winner to clinch the win, prompting Errani to fall to the turf in celebration.
Vinci embraced her before the pair raced up to the players' box to embrace friends and family.
Victory for Errani and Vinci means they add the Wimbledon crown to their title collection, having won the last two Australian Open titles as well as the French and US Opens in 2012.
The No 2 seeds became the first pair to win all four grand slams since Venus and Serena Williams in 2001.
Errani said their friendship off the court made them better competitors on the court.
"We are like really a team together all the day with our families, our coaches," Errani said. "I think is very important. We help each other very much.
"I never imagined doing this in doubles with my best friend. They were serving so strong. It was not easy, but she played unbelievable returning, serving, volleys, everything. We were very aggressive all the time."
Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver remain the only combination to have carried off the women's doubles Grand Slam in a single year, dominating at the four majors in 1984.