Sara Errani has her work cut out at the WTA Championships next week after qualifying for both the singles and doubles event in Istanbul.
The Italian is just the fifth player to compete in both events since the round robin aspect of the tournament was introduced back in 2003 and looking at the form book over the past nine years suggests she has a chance of doing well this autumn.
For Errani joins an elite field of players that have competed at both doubles and singles in the same WTA Championships. Kim Clijsters was the first to do so in 2003, where she won the singles event and came runner up with partner Ai Sugiyama.
A year later and Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the final of the singles and the doubles semis, while the Williams sisters partnered up in 2009 to make the semis together before battling out a singles final between them.
The stats, therefore, suggest Errani will make at least the singles final and a semi-final place in the doubles – despite the obvious pressures and strains playing both tournaments will come with.
Her partner, Italian world number 15 Roberta Vinci, has been a decent form this season and must help Errani balance her workload if she is to get through the round robin stages next week. Speaking to the Championships’ official website, Errani expressed her delight at qualifying for both fields.
“I’m so proud to be able to represent my country at the WTA Championships in both singles and doubles,” Errani said. “This has been a wonderful year for me, and to be able to play not only singles in Istanbul, but also doubles with my good friend Roberta Vinci, is a great way to finish the season.”