Having been a major play in the WTA for many years, Roberta Vinci is a name many tennis fans will recognize. Up until April 2015, she was the #1 in the world in the Doubles, while in 2016 she achieved an impressive #7 ranking in the Singles game. As one of the most consistent and well-respected players in the game, Vinci has set the example for many players new and old.
As just the fourth Italian in history to make the top 10 in the Singles game, she is an icon back home. She’s also the oldest player to make a Top 10 appearance, at 33 years old at the time of managing it. One of the main reasons that Vinci has come to the public consciousness in a more generalized way, though, is due to her immense 2015 US Open win against the dominant Serena Williams.
Defeating Williams, she stopped the legend from completing a remarkable and unprecedented Calendar Grand Slam. It was one of the biggest shocks in WTA Tennis at the time of it occurring, and even today is still remembering as one of the biggest shocks in the overall history of the sport.
Unfortunately, she bowed out against Flavia Pennetta in the Final, losing to a fellow Italian in what was the first-ever all-Italian final. Over her career, Vinci has amassed a huge 35 WTA Tour titles, with 10 in the Singles and 25 in the Doubles respectively. She’s won the US Open, Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon with her regular ally, Sara Errani.
Indeed, the duo were the fifth pair in history to complete a Career Grand Slam!
Her feats as a tennis star are hugely impressive, and she’s managed to take part in some incredible matches across her glittering career. She’s just one of the three players in the WTA Top 100, for example, to be using a one-handed backhand. It adds to the feeling that she’s an incredibly classy individual, with only the likes of Stan Wawrinka using and the famous Roger Federer playing with this style outside of herself.
As a name well worth noting down in the history books, Vinci has brought so much to the game in her career. A wonderfully talented and humble individual, she’s a massive part of the reason why Italian tennis has become so much more popular in the recent years gone by.