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Sara Errani, born April 29, 1987 in Bologna, Italy, is a professional tennis player. Her highest singles rank was 23rd and her highest doubles rank is 8th. She has won five WTA titles. Errani's breakthrough season occurred in 2012. At the Australian Open, she reached the quarterfinals in singles and was a finalist in doubles. Known as a clay-court specialist, Errani won three titles on clay going into the 2012 French Open, where she reached the finals in both the singles and doubles tournaments, winning the doubles title. At the age of 12 her father sent her to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. At 16 she moved to Valencia, Spain to be coached by Pablo Lozano and David Andres.

Errani competed in her first event at the $10,000 Cagliari event in her native country of Italy in 2002 where she lost to Sun Tiantian 6–1, 6–0. She continued to compete in the ITF, where her best performance of the year was a semifinal appearance in $10,000 Zaton. She continued to participate mainly on the ITF, where she won her first tournament 6–1, 6–4 over Lucia Jiminez in Melilla, Spain in 2005. Her first WTA title of her career was in the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, where she defeated Mariya Koryttseva. On July 27, 2008, she captured her second career title in two weeks defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6–3, 6–3. She has also won six doubles WTA titles. In 2009, Errani was the runner-up at two WTA tournaments: in Palermo and Portoroz, as the defending champion in both. With Italy, she won the Fed Cup in 2009 and 2010.

In February 2011, she reached the final of the PTT Pattaya Open, where she was defeated by Daniela Hantuchová. At the beginning of 2012, Errani decided to change her racquet, switching from Wilson to Babolat, opting for a heavier and slightly longer model than the last, allowing for more power and better reach. This change cost her a penalty fee of $30,000. However, she and several commentators cite the new racquet as a reason for her improved game and her entry into the top ten of the WTA rankings. In the first five months of 2012, she won three singles titles, earning over $1.3 million in prize money. Errani herself dubbed her new racquet Excalibur, named after the sword of King Arthur.

At the 2012 Australian Open Errani advanced to her first grand slam quarterfinal, defeating Nadia Petrova, Sorana Cirstea, and Jie Zheng en route before losing to Petra Kvitová. Her ranking jumped to world no. 33, a career best. At the Abierto Monterrey Open, she was the 2nd seed where she reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Timea Babos 6–4, 6–7, 6–4, but she triumphed on the clay in Acapulco as the 3rd seed, winning her third career title. She defeated fellow Italians Roberta Vinci 7–5, 6–1, and 2nd seed Flavia Pennetta 6–7(5), 7–5, 6–0 in her last two matches. Errani fell in the opening round of Indian Wells to Vania King, 7–6, 6–4, and in the second round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open against Sloane Stephens, 3–6, 6–2, 7–5. As the 7th seed at the Barcelona Ladies Open, Errani stormed to her 4th career title and 2nd of the year year, not dropping a set, beating 2nd seeded Julia Goerges 6–2, 6–3 in the quarterfinals, Carla Suarez Navarro 6–1, 6–2 in the semifinals, and Dominika Cibulkova 6–2, 6–2 in the final.

Afterwards, her ranking rose to world no. 28. In the Fed Cup semifinals against the Czech Republic, Errani lost to Petra Kvitova 6–4, 6–3, but beat Andrea Hlavackova 3–6, 6–2, 6–2, with Italy losing the tie 4–1. On May 7, 2012 Errani won the 2012 Budapest Grand Prix, tying countrywoman Roberta Vinci for the most titles won by an Italian female in a year at three. Her performance continued to improve when she reached the finals of the 2012 French Open. En route she defeated Casey Dellacqua, Melanie Oudin and 2008 and 2009 French Open winners Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova, respectively. She secured a place in the semifinals by eliminating the German 10th seed Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 7-6, her first ever win over a current top 10 player. In the semifinals, she overcame the reigning US Open champion and 2010 French Open finalist Samantha Stosur 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, to reach her first major singles final, opposite Maria Sharapova. In addition to her singles wins, Errani also won six doubles titles with Roberta Vinci including the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open, the 2012 Internazionali BNL d'Italia and the 2012 French Open. She and Vinci also made the finals of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open and the 2012 Australian Open.

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