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Errani/Vinci Aim for Third Major vs. Aussies at AO

No. 1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci face off against a pair of young Australians for the Women's Doubles title in Melbourne.

By Erik Gudris

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (January 23, 2013) -- Though they came up just short last year, top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy will once again seek their first ever Australian Open Women's Doubles title against a pair of local Aussie talent.

The No. 1 doubles team in the world had a tough path to Friday's finals after barely winning their opening round match and then edging out Serena and Venus Williams in a tight three-set quarterfinal. Errani and Vinci then dismissed the all-Russian team of No. 4 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-4 in yesterday's semis.

Errani and Vinci now find themselves back in the doubles finals where they lost last year to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva. The Italians went on to have a stellar 2012 season highlighted by winning eight titles including Roland Garros and the U.S. Open.

Waiting for the Italians will be a surprise team hoping to become the first all-Australian team to win their country's title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Helen Gourlay Cawley did so in 1977.

Unseeded Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty defeated American Varvara Lepchenko and China's Saisai Zheng 6-2, 6-4 in a late night semifinal on Rod Laver Arena.

27-year-old Dellacqua and 16-year-old Barty upset No. 3 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Lisa Raymond en route to the finals. The Aussie team have won one title together back in Toyota, Japan late last year. Dellacqua previously won the 2011 French Open Mixed Doubles title with American Scott Lipsky in 2011. This will be Barty's first ever Grand Slam final of any kind.

(Photo Credit: Getty)


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