Sara Errani becomes new world no. 1 in doubles

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Sara Errani becomes new world no. 1 in doubles

Sara Errani has had a breakthrough year - not just in singles but also in doubles. And next week, the Italian will become the world top ranked doubles player - replacing co-No.1s Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. Errani becomes only the second Italian to get to no.

1 after Flavia Pennetta, who was No.1 for 18 weeks in 2011. Errani's partner, fellow Italian Roberta Vinci, will rise to no. 2. Errani is also in the top 10 in singles where she reached the finals of the French Open. "I would like to congratulate Sara on becoming the WTA's World No.1 doubles player," WTA Chairman Stacey Allaster commented.

"Sara has had an amazing year in singles and doubles, reaching both finals at Roland Garros and winning 11 titles. Sara, along with her partner Roberta, achieved an historic feat by becoming the first all-Italian team to win a Grand Slam doubles title.

Their hard work and determination has paid off and is earning them fans around the world." Errani said getting to the top is a dream come true for her. "Becoming WTA No.1 in doubles is a dream come true. It's what you play for!.

"We've won a lot of titles this year and to share such success with a friend like Roberta is amazing. Playing a lot of matches in both singles and doubles has been good for my confidence." Errani and Vinci have won 7 titles this year including the French Open..