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Tennis: Serena, Italian pair Errani, Vinci crowned Year-End No. 1s

Serena Williams and the Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci pose with their Year-End No. 1 trophies, pictured with Dubai Duty Free’s Salah Tahlak (second left) and the WTA’s Stacey Allaster (far right).

Serena Williams and the Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci pose with their Year-End No. 1 trophies, pictured with Dubai Duty Free’s Salah Tahlak (second left) and the WTA’s Stacey Allaster (far right).

October 26, 2014: Serena Williams and the Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have secured the WTA Year-End World No. 1 rankings for singles and doubles respectively.

 

Salah Tahlak, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Dubai Duty Free, was on hand to present the awards in Singapore, where the BNP Paribas WTA Finals are being held.

 

“Dubai Duty Free congratulates Serena, Sara and Roberta on reaching once again the No. 1 spot in singles and doubles of the WTA Year-End Rankings,” he said. “We are delighted to present the Year-End No.1 trophies to these players, which signifies their outstanding results in 2014. We are a proud partner of the WTA and look forward to welcoming Serena, Sara and Roberta back to Dubai in 2015.”

 

Williams’ season has been highlighted by six singles titles, including one Grand Slam (US Open) and further wins at the Brisbane International, Miami Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Bank of the West Classic (Stanford) and Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati). She finished atop the Road to Singapore Leaderboard, so was the top seed at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

 

The American has held the No. 1 ranking since February 18, 2013, and will extend her current stay to at least 97 weeks, bringing her total weeks at the top to 221 (as of week of December 28, 2014), the fourth longest streak in WTA history.

 

At 33, Williams is the oldest player to hold the No.1 ranking and currently sits fourth all-time for weeks at No. 1 behind Steffi Graf (377 weeks), Martina Navratilova (332 weeks) and Chris Evert (260 weeks).

 

Williams is just the fifth player since the inception of computer rankings in 1975 to finish four or more seasons at No. 1, joining Steffi Graf (eight times), Martina Navratilova (seven), Chris Evert (five) and Lindsay Davenport (four).

 

Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA, said: “Serena continues to prove that she is one of the greatest athletes of all time and ending the year No. 1 once again further solidifies her legacy. The year-end No.1 ranking is earned through consistent excellence throughout the year – especially great results at major events. Serena’s US Open win and five WTA Premier titles has allowed her to stay at the top as the world’s greatest, an extremely deserving honour.”

 

Errani and Vinci will finish the year as the top-ranked doubles team for a third consecutive year. They have captured five titles this year, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and three WTA Premier titles – the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart), Mutua Madrid Open and Rogers Cup (Montréal). They also finished runner-up at Roland Garros, Apia International (Sydney) and Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome).

 

First teaming up on a regular basis in 2010, Errani and Vinci have won 21 titles together, including completing a career Grand Slam with titles at Australian Open (2013, 2014), Roland Garros (2012), Wimbledon (2014) and US Open (2012).

 

Errani and Vinci are the first doubles team to finish as Year-End World No. 1s for three straight years since Cara Black and Liezel Huber (2007-2009). Vinci has held the No. 1 ranking for 95 weeks, while Errani has held the top spot for 72 weeks through and including the week of December 28, 2014.

 

“Sara and Roberta have been the most dominant doubles team over the past three years,” Allaster said. “They are fan favourites around the world and continue to be terrific ambassadors for tennis and the WTA.”

 

Source: WTA (www.wtatennis.com); Editing by SportAsia

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