Errani Will Claim WTA World No. 1 Doubles Ranking Next Week

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced on Tuesday that Italy’s Sara Errani will rise to the World No.1 doubles ranking on Monday, September 10. Errani replaces co-No.1s Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in the top spot, and becomes only the second Italian to hold the honor, after Flavia Pennetta, who was ranked No.1 for 18 weeks in 2011. Errani’s partner, fellow Italian Roberta Vinci, is also set to achieve a career-high doubles ranking of No.2.


“I would like to congratulate Sara on becoming the WTA’s World No.1 doubles player,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “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 a historic feat at Roland Garros 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.”


“Becoming WTA No.1 in doubles is a dream come true,” said Errani. “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 her regular doubles partner, countrywoman Vinci, have had an outstanding year, winning seven doubles titles, highlighted by becoming the first all-Italian pair to win a Grand Slam doubles title at Roland Garros. Between April and June the duo won five consecutive titles – Barcelona Ladies Open, Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Roland Garros and UNICEF Open (‘s-Hertogenbosch) – and their 25-match win streak was the longest by a team since 1994, when Gigi Fernández and Natasha Zvereva won 28 straight. The pair currently leads the Race to the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul doubles standings.


Errani’s quarterfinal appearance at the Generali Ladies Linz with Alberta Brianti last year gives her a slight ranking advantage over Vinci, who will also rise to a new career-high next week, at No.2.


At 25 years old, Errani is enjoying a career year in 2012. In addition to her doubles accomplishments she reached her first Grand Slam singles final at Roland Garros (l. Sharapova), breaking into the singles Top 10. She has also won four singles titles – at Abierto Mexicano TELCEL (Acapulco), Barcelona Ladies Open, Budapest Grand Prix and XXV Italiacom Open (Palermo).


During the course of her career, Errani has won six singles and 15 doubles titles. In addition, she has represented Italy in Fed Cup competition for five consecutive years (including championship runs in 2009 and 2010), and competed in two Olympic Games.


Martina Navratilova (USA)


September 10, 1984
Liezel Huber (USA)


November 12, 2007
Cara Black (ZIM)


October 17, 2005
Lisa Raymond (USA)


June 12, 2000
Natasha Zvereva (BLR)


October 7, 1991
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP)


October 19, 1992
Paola Suarez (ARG)


September 9, 2002
Gigi Fernandez (USA)


March 4, 1991
Helena Sukova (CZE)


February 5, 1990
Jana Novotna (CZE)


August 27, 1990
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)


September 8, 2003
Samantha Stosur (AUS)


February 6,2006
Pam Shriver (USA)


March 18, 1985
Ai Sugiyama (JPN)


October 23, 2000
Martina Hingis (SUI)


June 8, 1998
Lindsay Davenport (USA)


October 20, 1997
Gisela Dulko (ARG)


November 1, 2010
Flavia Pennetta (ITA)


February 28, 2011
Julie Halard-Decugis (FRA)


September 11, 2000
Anna Kournikova (RUS)


November 22, 1999
Kveta Peschke (CZE)


July 4, 2011
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)


July 4, 2011
Serena Williams (USA)


June 7, 2010
Venus Williams (USA)


June 7, 2010
Corina Morariu (USA)


April 3, 2010
Kim Clijsters (BEL)


August 4, 2003
Larisa Neiland (LAT)


January 27, 1992
Rennae Stubbs(AUS)


August 21, 2000
Sara Errani (ITA)


September 10, 2012

*Includes week September 10, 2012

 Statistics from the WTA


Bryan Brothers Clinch Year-End No. 1 Ranking, Raise $100K for Charity


By winning their first round match at the Valencia Open on Wednesday, Bob and Mike Bryan clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP World Tour Doubles Team Ranking for a record seventh time.

The 11-time major champions also finished atop the rankings in 2003, ’05-07 and ’09-10. They have the most doubles titles in the Open Era with 74.

“We’re obviously extremely pumped to finish at No. 1, especially with the quality of teams on the doubles tour,“ Bob Bryan told the ATP. “It’s always our ultimate goal when we start the year and we’ll definitely look back on 2011 with positive feelings. I want to congratulate our biggest rivals Mirnyi-Nestor, Llodra-Zimonjic, and the Indian Express (Bhupathi-Paes) on highly successful seasons and we look forward to another awesome event with the eight best teams in London.

“Breaking McEnroe’s record is something that is hard to fathom. He’s such a legend and to achieve something like this won’t truly set in for awhile. Thanks to our great coach, David Macpherson, my beautiful and supportive wife, our parents who are always rooting from their computer screen back home, and all the tennis fans who get behind the great game of doubles.”

Mike added, “It’s always a special feeling finishing the year as the top team. I think it’s more satisfying than winning a Slam because it represents the season as a whole. When we now look back at 2011, it will now be with a lot of fond memories. The level of tennis always keeps getting stronger, so I’m most proud of our willingness to improve as we get older. I especially want thank our coach and one of our best friends, David Macpherson, who always is there for us win or lose and always pushes us to strive for more.”


In other Bryan Brothers news,  the Bryan Bros. Foundation raised nearly $100,000 for the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons with a weekend filled with lots of tennis and music Oct. 21 and 23 at the Spanish Hills Country Club.
On Friday, Mike and Bob were honored by the World Affairs Council with the Global Humanitarian Citizens of the Year Award at a Gala Dinner with all the proceeds going to the Foundation. On Sunday at the Cool Planet Tennis Fest, the twins were joined on the tennis courts by friends Mardy Fish, Rick Leach, Ken Flach, Sloane Stephens, Hank Pfister and many others in a celebrity pro-am and exhibition.
“So many people came out to help Bob and Mike and their Foundation raise nearly $100,000 for the Cool Planet Tennis Fest at Spanish Hills,” said Cool Planet Tennis Fest Organizer Dave McKinney. “From our sponsors such as Cool Planet and Merrill Lynch to the pros such as Mardy (Fish), Rick (Leach) and Ken (Flach), to all the restaurants, wineries and businesses in the area, they all came out to support and raise monies for the Bryan Bros. Foundation. It was truly a tennis and community effort enjoyed by so many fans and we hope to see more out next year enjoying the day with us.”
Signed racquets donated by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Fish and the Bryan Bros were donated for auction during the weekend.
From Camarillo, the twins traveled to Austria where they recently won their 74th career doubles title, their seventh of the year and first since winning Wimbledon.
On October
21, F. Joseph Halcomb III of Camarillo presented the twins with the Citizens of the Year award, and commented: “Mike and Bob are living examples of the ‘True Gentlemen.’ In fact, some would call them giants – both on and off the court – as pro athletes and as human beings.”
He later added: “Success isn’t defined just by winning tennis matches. Success also means giving something back – to their colleagues, their community and to their country… We believe that international diplomacy is not just rattling swords and using strong words in negotiations. It is representing our community and country the way the Bryan brothers have as they reach out to touch others everywhere they go.”
Both brothers said they were touched and honored to be given such a respected award. “It’s important for us to give back to the community,” Bob Bryan said. “To be recognized with this honor is great and we are happy to accept it from the World Affairs Council.”
After the award presentation and dinner, the Bryan Bros. Band played led by father Wayne and Mike on guitar and Bob on the keyboards. Former American Idol contestant Michael Johns sang hits like “With Or Without You” by U2, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Great Balls of Fire” while Counting Crows member Jim Bogios rocked the drums and and composer James Slater banged away on the keyboards. Even Gimelstob got into the act, coming up and banging the tambourine.
More than 10 area restaurants and a dozen wineries donated food and beverages as part of the food and wine tasting for the event. A USPTA Workshop held as part of Cool Planet Tennis Fest with Hank Pfister and Ryan Krane as speakers.
On Saturday, the twins traveled to the Malibu Racquet Club for more tennis and music in the Slam Jam hosted by Trey Waltke where more than $50,000 was raised.
The Bryan Bros. Foundation supports both the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons to financially assist a promising junior player from each area. They also donate to many great local causes and regional charities.
For more information on the Bryan Bros. Foundation see the website at: http://www.bryanbros.com/about-



WTA Top Ten Feature Players From 10 Different Countries

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the global leader in women’s professional sport, announced today that for the first time in its history, the Top 10 rankings will feature ten players from ten different countries around the world.  Eleven different nations are represented among the top 11 spots, and 30 different countries among the top 60 ranked players.

The WTA Top 10 Rankings for week of January 31, 2011, released earlier today, are as follows:

1.       Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

2.       Kim Clijsters (BEL)

3.       Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

4.       Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

5.       Samantha Stosur (AUS)

6.       Venus Williams (USA)

7.       Li Na (CHN)

8.       Jelena Jankovic (SRB)

9.       Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

10.     Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Shahar Peer reaches a career-high ranking of World No.11, a record for a player from Israel.  Francesca Schiavone becomes the first player from Italy to break into the Top 5 while Kim Clijsters of Belgium ascends to World No.2 for the first time since August 2006.  After making history at the Australian Open by reaching the ladies’ singles final, Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to ascend to a career-high ranking of World No.7.  Li Na’s success in Australia promises to have an exponential impact on the growth of women’s tennis in China, the world’s most populous country.

“Our players are inspirational national heroes who transcend sport in their respective countries.  Having ten different players represent the Top 10 rankings shows how truly global tennis has become,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.

The WTA’s calendar for the 2011 season features 53 tournaments and four Grand Slams in 32 countries including 23 events in Europe, 16 in the Americas and 18 in Asia.  The 2012 calendar will feature 54 events, four Grand Slams and the Olympic Tennis Event, with the geographic spread of events to include 20 in Asia, 23 in Europe and 16 in the Americas.  In 2013, the WTA Calendar will showcase 54 WTA events and the four Grand Slams, with 20 events in Asia, 22 in Europe and 16 in the Americas.

Full list of WTA Rankings can be found here: http://www.wtatour.com/page/RankingsSingles/0,,12781~0~1~100,00.html


The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,400 players representing 99 nations competing for more than $87 million in prize money at the WTA’s 53 events and four Grand Slams in 32 countries. More than 5 million people attended women’s tennis events in 2010 with tens of millions more watching on television and digital channels around the world. The WTA competitive season concludes with the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey from October 25-30, and the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali, Indonesia, from November 3-6. Further information on the WTA can be found on www.wtatour.com.