Errani, Vinci win US Open women's doubles title

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Italy's Sara Errani, left, and Roberta Vinci kiss the women's doubles championship trophy after defeating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, both of the Czech Republic, at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci both got to celebrate this time.

Four days after facing off in a U.S. Open singles quarterfinal, when Errani didn't even crack a smile after clinching victory, they were dancing on court Sunday over their doubles title.

The second-seeded Italians beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-2 for their second Grand Slam championship — and second in three months after they broke through at the French Open.

"Good thing is we can celebrate together," Errani said.

They're commemorating a career year for both. In singles, Errani was the runner-up at Roland Garros, and Vinci made her best Grand Slam run by reaching the quarters here.

Their matchup Wednesday, won 6-2, 6-4 by Errani, guaranteed that an Italian woman would reach the semifinals at this tournament for the first time since the Open era began in 1968.

Errani lost to Serena Williams 6-1, 6-2 in the semis Friday. She and Vinci were the ones dictating play Sunday against the third-seeded Czechs, who won last year's French Open.

"We play an amazing year," Errani said.