Roberta Vinci is considered one of the best Italian tennis players ever, and she has won 10 singles WTA tournaments and is the only Italian tennis player to have won at least one WTA tournament on three different playing surfaces: hard, clay and grass.
She was number seven in the world in the singles rankings in May 2016 and number one in the doubles ranking, a specialty in which, together with compatriot Sara Errani, she won 22 of the 25 tournaments she won, including all the Grand Slam matches. The Italian couple thus became the first from their Country to complete the Career Grand Slam, as well as the fifth couple ever to win more Grand Slam tournaments in the history of women's tennis.
At the 2015 US Open Vinci reached the final (later lost to Flavia Pennetta in an all-Italian derby), but she is best remembered for beating the then world number one Serena Williams in the semifinals, who had already triumphed in the previous three seasonal Grand Slams. Thus denying the American the possibility of achieving the Grand Slam, which only three tennis players managed: Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Smith Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988).
The Italian has also won the Fed Cup four times with Italy in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013.