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Roberta Vinci (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrta ˈvintʃi]; born 18 February 1983) is an Italian tennis player. As of 26 May 2014, Vinci is ranked World No. 20 in singles and world no. 3 in doubles in the WTA Tour Rankings.[1] Vinci has won 30 WTA Tour titles, 9 in singles and 21 in doubles, including the 2012 French Open, the 2012 US Open 2014 Australian Open[2] and 2013 Australian Open title with regular partner Sara Errani.

Her first title came in the 2007 Copa Colsanitas, over Tathiana Garbin. She won her second title at the 2009 Barcelona Ladies Open, over Maria Kirilenko. Her third title was at the 2010 BGL Luxembourg Open, over Julia Görges. Her fourth title was for her second victory after 2009 at the 2011 Barcelona Ladies Open, over Lucie Hradecká. Her fifth title was her first win on grass at the 2011 's-Hertogenbosch, over Jelena Dokić. Her third victory in 2011 and sixth title was in Budapest.

She and her Italian teammates Mara SantangeloFlavia Pennetta, and Francesca Schiavone beat the Belgian team 3–2 in the 2006 Fed Cup final. Justine Henin-Hardenne had to retire in the fifth and final match due to an injury in her right knee, which allowed Italy to win their first Fed Cup trophy.[3] With the Italian team, she also won the Fed-Cup in 2009 and 2010 against the USA.

At the 2012 US Open, Vinci reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final, at 29 years of age, by defeating then-World No. 2 Agnieszka Radwańska in the fourth round.[4]She subsequently lost to her doubles partner and World No. 10 Sara Errani in the quarter-finals.[5]

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Early life[edit]Edit

Roberta Vinci was born in Taranto, the daughter of Angelo Vinci, an accountant, and his wife Luisa, a homemaker;[6] she has an older brother, Francesco, who is a student.[6] Vinci was introduced to tennis at the age of six.[6] She currently resides in Palermo, and is coached by Francesco Cina.[6]

Career[edit]Edit

Vinci won the 1999 French Open in girls' doubles with fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta.[6][7] She qualified for her first Grand Slam at the 2001 US Open, but lost to Martina Suchá in the first round.

One of the biggest victories of her career came in 2005 was when she beat former world no. 2 and 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina in the quarterfinals at the Hastings Direct International Championships in Eastbourne. Alongside Sandrine Testud, Vinci reached the semifinals in women's doubles of the 2004 French Open. In 2007 at Bogotá, Roberta Vinci won her first WTA title against the top seed Tathiana Garbin, also of Italy, in three sets, after falling behind 0–3 in the final set. She won the title after Garbin had to retire.[8]

2009[edit]Edit

Vinci qualified for the Brisbane International and defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the first round, before losing to top seed Ana Ivanovic in the second. She then fell to fellow Italian Corinna Dentoni in the qualifications for Moorilla Hobart International. Vinci lost to eventual quarterfinalist Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round of the 2009 Australian Open. Vinci also played for Italy's Fed Cup team in the Fed Cup World Group stage versus France. Italy won 5–0.

At her first clay event, Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Vinci defeated sixth seed Lucie Šafářová in the first round, and then fell to Ágnes Szávay of Hungary. Vinci then lost in the second rounds of both theMonterrey Open (defeated by Iveta Benešová) and the Paribas Open in Indian Wells (defeated by Sybille Bammer), and fell in the qualifications for Miami Sony Ericsson Open to Anastasia Rodionova.[9] Vinci then fell to eventual champion and former world no. 1 Jelena Janković in the quarterfinals of the Andalucía Tennis Experience in Marbella. At the Barcelona Ladies Open, Vinci earned her second career title, defeating Pauline Parmentier in the first round, Flavia Pennetta in the second, Anastasiya Yakimova in the quarterfinals, Francesca Schiavone in the semifinals, and defending champion Maria Kirilenko in the final.[10]

Vinci reached the second round of the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem held in Fes. After she defeated Mariana Duque Marino in the first round, she lost to qualifier Polona Hercog in the second. At thePremier Mandatory event Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Vinci lost in the first round to Kateryna Bondarenko. She then beat María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, and then was beaten by Vera Dushevina in the second.

Vinci beat no. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round to set up a third-round matchup with no. 2 Serena Williams.

2010[edit]Edit

Vinci lost in the third round of the Australian Open to Maria Kirilenko. She reached the third round of both Indian Wells and Miami, losing to Yanina Wickmayer and Venus Williams respectively. She reached the final atBarcelona but failed to defend her title, losing to fellow Italian Francesca Schiavone.

At the Roland Garros, Vinci lost in the second round to compatriot Flavia Pennetta. She fell to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round of Wimbledon.

She lost her opening match at the 2010 US Open to Venus Williams. She qualified for the 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open but lost to Vera Zvonareva in the third round. Vinci also qualified for the 2010 China Open but lost to Vera Dushevina in the second round. Vinci lost to eventual champion Ana Ivanovic in the 2010 Generali Ladies Linz semifinals, 3–6, 5–7. She won her third WTA-title in the Luxembourg against Julia Görges, 6–3, 6–4.

2011[edit]Edit

[1][2]Roberta Vinci in Budapest, 08. 07. 2011.

Vinci reached the quarter finals of Hobart losing to 6th seed Jarmila Gajdošová. She lost in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open to Alicia Molik. She reached the semi finals of Pattaya City, after defeating 2nd seed Ana Ivanovic in the quarter finals. The rest of her year continued with dismal results with only 1 win and 6 loses over the course of 6 events from Dubai to Stuttgart.

She then entered the 2012 Barcelona Ladies Open, where she was the 6th seed. She ended up winning the tournament without having to beat a seed, or a player inside the top 50. She beat Lucie Hradecká in the final 4–6, 6–2, 6–2 This was her second time winning this tournament and her third clay court title. She then entered the Madrid, where she reached the 3rd before losing to Li Na 2–6, 6–2, 6–1, the first time she had ever won a set against her. She lost in the 3rd round of the 2011 French Open to Victoria Azarenka 6–3, 6–2.

Her next major success came at the 2011 UNICEF Open where she was the 7th seed. After wins over 3rd seed Yanina Wickmayer and 5th seed Dominika Cibulková in the quarter finals and semi finals respectively beat Jelena Dokić in the final 6–7(7), 6–3, 7–5. This was her second title of 2011 and her first title on grass. As the 29th seed at the2011 Wimbledon Championships she reached the 3rd round where she lost to 8th seed and eventual champion Petra Kvitová 6–3, 6–3.

Her first post Wimbledon event was Budapest where she was the No. 1 seed. She beat 3rd seed Klára Zakopalová and 7th seed Irina-Cameilia Begu in the final 6–4, 1–6, 6–4. This was a tour leading 3 title at the time.

She began her American hard court swing in Carlsbad as the 9th seed. She was upset in the second round by Zheng Jie. Vinci scored the biggest win of her career in Toronto, beating defending champion and world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6–4, 7–5, in the second round of the Rogers Cup. In the second set, Vinci rallied from 1–5 down and saved multiple set points, before going on to win the match. In the third round, she defeated former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic, 7–6(3), 6–2. She lost in the quarter finals to 10th seed Samantha Stosur 6–4, 6–1.

As of 15 August 2011, she was ranked world no. 19.

As the 18th seed, at the 2011 US Open, Vinci made it to the third round. In the first round, she defeated the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, 6–3, 6–4. She then defeated Alizé Cornet, 6–2, 6–3. In the third round, she was sent home by Andrea Petkovic, 4–6, 0–6. Despite losing in the third round, this was Vinci's best performance so far in the US Open.

She qualified for the 2011 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, but lost to eventual champion Ana Ivanovic 6–3, 6–3.

2012[edit]Edit

[3][4]Roberta Vinci at 2012 US Open

Starting the year at the 2012 ASB Classic, she was seeded 6th and defeated Rebecca Marino in the first round before falling 3–6, 4–6 to unseeded Elena Vesnina in the second round. Roberta then suffered early round losses at the 2012 Apia International Sydney and the 2012 Australian Open to Daniela Hantuchová and Zheng Jierespectively.

Her next tournament came at the 2012 Open GDF Suez where she was seeded 7th. She defeated Simona Halep 6–4, 6–4, then Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, before falling to eventual finalist Marion Bartoli in a third set tiebreaker in the quarterfinals. Vinci then traveled to Mexico where she participated in her next 2 tournaments, the 2012 Monterrey Open and the 2012 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. Seeded first in both events, she was upset by Nina Bratchikova in the second round of Monterrey, before bowing out to eventual champion Sara Errani in the semifinals at Acapulco.

Roberta then traveled to the 2012 BNP Paribas Open. Seeded 23rd, she beat Silvia Soler Espinosa, 20th seeded Dominika Cibulková, before falling to second-seeded Maria Sharapova 3–6, 6–4, 3–6. She returned to the top 20 following her fourth round appearance. She then bowed out to 10th seeded Serena Williams in the third round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. She next participated at the 2012 Barcelona Ladies Open where she was the defending champ but lost in the second round to Simona Halep 6–1, 6–3. Ironically, the tournament champion was Sara Errani, her doubles partner. Vinci and Errani managed to win the doubles finals of 2012 Barcelona Ladies Open by beating Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in an all Italian final, with the score of 6–2, 6–0.

She then entered the 2012 Estoril Open as the number 1 seed. She made it to the semi finals before losing to eventual champion Kaia Kanepi 6–2, 7–5. Her next tournament was Madrid, where she was unseeded and defeated the 14th seed Dominika Cibulková in the first round and lost in the round of 16 to Agniezska Radwańska. She then entered the 2012 French Open as the 17th seed and lost in the first round to Sofia Arvidsson.

Her first post French open event was the 2012 Aegon Classic where she was the 4th seed. She reached the Quarters before losing to Zheng Jie. She then was the 6th seed at the 2012 UNICEF Open, where she was the defending champion. She lost in the quarter finals to Kirsten Flipkens 6–4, 7–6(5). She then competed in the 2012 Wimbledon Championships as the 21st seed. She defeated Ashleigh BartyMarina Erakovic andMirjana Lučić to reach the round of 16. This was the first time she had ever reached the second week of a major. She ended up losing to Tamira Paszek 6–2, 6–2.

Vinci also won six doubles titles with the fellow Italian Sara Errani including the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open, the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia and the 2012 French Open. She and Errani also made the finals of the2012 Sony Ericsson Open and the 2012 Australian Open. Being, the most successful pair in 2012, Vinci is currently the number four in doubles.

Vinci, also partnered Daniele Bracciali at the 2012 Australian Open. Entering the draw as an alternate they managed to reach the Semifinals. They lost to the 5th seed Elena Vesnina and Leander Paes after they managed to take the first set. At Wimbledon Championships, they teamed up again and they reached the third round.

Vinci lost the opening match of Olympic 2012 to Kim Clijsters, 1–6 4–6.[11]

At the 2012 Rogers Cup in Montreal, Vinci defeated Yanina Wickmayer 6–2, 3–6, 7–5 after coming back from a 1–5 and match point deficit in the third set. In the second round she crushed 11th seed Ana Ivanovic 6–0, 6–0 in 45 minutes. After she defeated the number 6th seed Angelique Kerber with the result of 6–2, 7–6(7), but she was beaten in the quarterfinals by the Czech Lucie Šafářová in straight sets. Two weeks later Vinci defeated Jelena Janković 7–5, 6–3 to win her 7th WTA title at the 2012 Texas Tennis Open without losing a set in the entire tournament.

At the US Open, Vinci started her journey by defeating Urszula Radwańska 6–1, 6–1 and followed that victory up with a second round victory over Yaroslava Shvedova. In the third round, she defeated the 13th seed,Dominika Cibulková. In the fourth round, she defeated Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets.[12] In the Quarterfinals, she will meet her doubles partner, Sara Errani, ensuring that an Italian woman will reach the semifinals. She lost in the Quarterfinals, 6–2, 6–4.

Vinci partnered again Sara Errani for the 2012 US Open. They were seeded number 2, behind the defending champions Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. Errani and Vinci reached again the Final of the US Open while the defending champions lost in the third round.[13]

2013[edit]Edit

Vinci began 2013 by losing her opening match to Jarmila Gajdosova at Brisbane. She reached the quarterfinals at Sydney where she lost to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwanska. At the 2013 Australian Openwhere she was seeded 16th, she lost to Elena Vesnina in the third round. She partnered Sara Errani and won the doubles event.

She was seeded 5th at the Open GDF Suez but lost to German Mona Barthel in the second round. Vinci lost to Pole Urszula Radwanska in the 2nd round at 2013 Qatar Total Open. Then, at Dubai she defeatedSvetlana KuznetsovaSamantha Stosur and Angelique Kerber en rout to the semifinals. She eventually succumbed to Sara Errani in striaght sets.

Vinci lost in the third round at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, she lost to Lara Arruabarena. She improved her performance at Miami, reaching the quarterfinals. There, she lost to 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic. Vinci won her 8th WTA title when defeated top-seeded Petra Kvitová 7–6(2) 6–1 to win the 2013 BNP Paribas Katowice Open in Poland. [14]

Roberta began her clay court season by losing her opening matches at Stuttgart and Madrid. She reached the 3rd round at Rome, but lost to Simona Halep. Vinci lost to Serena Williams in the 4th round at the 2013 French Open.

She was the top seed at the 2013 Topshelf Open but lost to Halep again in the second round. She reached the 4th round at Wimbledon but lost to Li Na. After that, Vinci competed at 2013 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo and won her 9th title by defeating doubles partner Sara Errani in the final. Vinci lost to Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals at the 2013 Southern California Open at Carlsbad.

At the 2013 Rogers Cup, she lost to Dominika Cibulkova in the third round. Then, Vinci lost to Jelena Janković in the quarterfinals of the Western and Southern Open. Had she won this match, she would've entered the top 10 singles rankings for the first time in her career. At the 2013 US Open, Roberta Vinci made her second Grand Slam quarterfinal, thsi time she lost to another Italian Flavia Pennetta.

During the Asian swing, she lost to Lucie Safarova in the 2nd round at the 2013 Toray Pan Pacific Open after receiving a first round bye. At Beijing, she lost in the third round to Angelique Kerber. Her final tournament of the year was at Moscow. She lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.

2014[edit]Edit

Playing style[edit]Edit

Vinci is known for her doubles prowess and relentless use of the backhand slice. During the 2013 Rome Masters against Simona Halep, Vinci elected to perform a half volley blocked backhand. The grass season saw her pull off a wide array of alternative backhands against Kaia Kanepi in 's-Hertogenbosch, including an extraordinary half volley crosscourt backhand winner on the run and a flicked backhand lob. During her victory against Madison Keys at the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, Vinci hit consecutive non-sliced backhands at the baseline, albeit blocked half volleys. In one of her most unprecedented shot selections yet, Dubai saw her hit a conventional topspin backhand against Sorana Cîrstea, completely of her own free will. Unbelievably, this event did not only occur once in the match, but four times. The first one fell short and the third hit the net, presumably from lack of practice.

Career statistics[edit]Edit

Main article: Roberta Vinci career statistics==Major Finals[edit]==

Grand Slam[edit]Edit

Doubles: 8 (4–3)[edit]Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2012 Australian Open Hard [5]

Sara Errani

[6]

Svetlana Kuznetsova [7]Vera Zvonareva

5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 2012 French Open Clay [8]

Sara Errani

[9]

Maria Kirilenko [10]Nadia Petrova

4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2012 US Open Hard [11]

Sara Errani

[12]

Andrea Hlaváčková [13]Lucie Hradecká

6–4, 6–2
Winner 2013 Australian Open Hard [14]

Sara Errani

[15]

Ashleigh Barty [16]Casey Dellacqua

6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2013 French Open Clay [17]

Sara Errani

[18]

Ekaterina Makarova [19]Elena Vesnina

5–7, 2–6
Winner 2014 Australian Open Hard [20]

Sara Errani

[21]

Ekaterina Makarova [22]Elena Vesnina

6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Runner-up 2014 French Open Clay [23]

Sara Errani

[24]

Hsieh Su-wei [25]Peng Shuai

4–6, 1–6
Pending 2014 Wimbledon Grass [26]

Sara Errani

[27]

Tímea Babos [28]Kristina Mladenovic

Singles performance timeline[edit]Edit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 Q2 Q3 Q1 3R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 3R 1R 7–9
French Open A Q2 Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 1R 2R 3R 1R 4R 1R 6–10
Wimbledon A 1R Q3 Q3 3R A 2R Q2 3R 2R 3R 4R 4R 1R 14–9
US Open 1R Q1 A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R QF QF 11–11

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]Edit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 3R 1R QF 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R F W W 20–11
French Open QF QF 1R SF 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 2R 3R W F F 26–13
Wimbledon A 3R 1R 3R 1R A 1R A 1R 3R 3R QF 3R 13–10
US Open SF 1R A 1R 3R 2R 1R A 1R 1R QF W QF 19–10

Team competition[edit]Edit

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