LONDON (AP) — Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci completed a career doubles Grand Slam on Saturday, finishing without any unforced errors in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the Wimbledon women’s final.
The Italian pair, playing in their eighth Grand Slam final, broke serve in the sixth game of the final set under a closed roof on Centre Court – rain began falling shortly after Petra Kvitova’s singles final win over Eugenie Bouchard.
The Italians, who fell to the ground and hugged after the match ended, have now won five of the last 10 Grand Slam doubles titles.
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.”
Babos, from Hungary, and French player Mladenovic, were making their debut as a team in a Grand Slam tournament. They had six double-faults and were broken five times.
Babos is the 2010 Wimbledon girls’ doubles champion and Mladenovic won last year’s mixed doubles title with Canada’s Daniel Nestor.