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By Erik Gudris

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci pose with their 2012 U.S. Open Women's Doubles Trophy (Sepember 9, 2012) -- Not only has Roberta Vinci won her second Major doubles title of the year, she may have introduced a new dance move to the world.

Vinci along with her doubles partner Sara Errani took on Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the U.S. Open women's doubles final and though the Czech team many have had more power than Errani and Vinci, the Italians more than made up for it with spin, guile and experience.

Both teams traded several breaks of serve in the first set, but it was the Czech's team woeful stat of only winning 29% of their second serve points that proved to be their undoing as the Italians earned yet another break to go up 5-4. Vinci did face a break point serving for the set, but it was a well-place forehand volley winner from her that allowed the Italians to eventually close out the set 6-4.

The second set proved easier for the Italians as it was Errani who earned an early break for her team after she won a lengthy exchange of loopy groundstrokes from the baseline to go up 2-1. From there, the Italians proved too solid as they extended their lead to 5-2. 

Vinci did get a little tight serving out the match but thanks from some solid net play from Errani, the Italians were able to close out a 6-4, 6-2 victory to earn their first ever U.S. Open title.

The key stat for the match was break point conversions as the Italians were five out of seven for 71% while the Czechs were just two out of seven or 29% on the day.

As the pair celebrated their win, Vinci broke out a celebratory gesture that saw her tap her chest, flick her hand and then do a wide sweeping motion with her arm -- a move that she tried to teach ESPN's Justin Gimelstob during the trophy ceremony. 

When Gimelstob reminded Errani that on Monday she would be the No. 1 doubles player in the world, Errani quickly said, "No. We will be number one." giving full credit to her teammate.

Errani and Vinci have now won two Majors in doubles this year, including the French Open as well as reaching the finals of Melbourne in January.

In their press conference afterwards, Vinci couldn't come up with a name for her new dance move but Errani was able to reflect on their stellar season.

"Well, it's a dream come true," said Errani. "We play an amazing year, so we play good all the year.  So this is very important for us.We play good from Australia; we make final and we won Paris. We won so many matches on clay.  Maybe all, so of course it's amazing year.  We hope to continue."

(Photo Credit: Andy Kentla)

 

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