Roberta Vinci, born on February 18, 1983, is a professional tennis player from Italy. Vinci started with the sport at the age of six. Born in Palermo, she played in her hometown when she was young and eventually went on to play at the World Youth Cup, which she considers one of her most memorable games. She reached the semi-finals at the Women’s Open doubles competition in the 2004 French Open with Sandrine Testud and bagged one of the biggest wins in her career a year later after beating Russian opponent Anastasia Myskina in the Eastburn quarterfinals. A year later she and team mates Mara Santangelo, Flavia Pennetta, and Francesca Schiavone defeated the Belgian team at the 2006 Fed Cup finals, after Justine Henin-Hardenne was forced to retire from the match due to a knee injury.
Other victories in doubles include in her win in Doha with partner Testud, and her victory in Portoroz with Anabel Garrigues as her partner. Her most recent doubles victory was in 2006 when she won the Canberra tournament with partner Marta Domachowska.
Vinci won her first WTA title year later in Bogota, Colombia, after defeating top seeded player and fellow Italian Tathiana Gorbin. She currently holds a doubles career record of 255-159, 8 WTA title and 10 ITF titles. In singles, the Italian holds a record of 369-250, 6 WTA titles and 9 ITF titles. She achieved a career-high ranking of 18 in singles on September 2011, and a career-high ranking of 12 in doubles on July 8, 2002.
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