Roberta Vinci, 32, is a popular Italian tennis player who was born on 18 February 1983 in Taranto, Italy. As of 2015, her world rank is No.16 in singles and No. 42 in doubles.
Vinci is the daughter of Angelo, an Accountant, and Luisa, a homemaker. Vinci has one sibling, an older brother named Francesco. She revealed that her lucky charm is a stuffed orange dinosaur from her brother. Vinci picked up tennis, the sport which brought her immense fame and recognition, at a tender age of 6.
Vinci is renowned for her remarkable performance in doubles, her prowess at the net and her constant exploit of the backhand slice. She is currently coached by Francesco Cina. Her debut into the world of professional tennis began in 1999 at an ITF tournament in Italy. She then went on to play at the Grand Slam at the 2001 US Open.
Vinci, who has been repeatedly acknowledged for her excellent movement and sense of the court, held the position of World No.1 in doubles until April 2015. Although she had already been professionally playing tennis for 6 years, she truly managed to catch the eye of the public when she shocked the tennis world by defeating World No.1 Serena Williams in three sets of the 2015 US Open.
Reports went buzzing as everyone wanted to know who the underdog was which managed to pull off against the queen of the undefeatable, Serena Williams, the event which is still regarded as one of the most unexpected moments in tennis history. She also reached her highest record of World No.11 in singles in June 2013. Another all-time high was when she defeated former World No.2 Anastasia Myskina in the quarterfinals during the Hastings Direct International Championships.
Till date, Vinci has won 32 WTA titles (9 in singles and 25 in doubles) and 9 ITF titles. Vinci’s real strength in tennis laid with her solid performance with her best friend, Sara Errani, in doubles. Both went on to win the 2012 French Open, 2012 US open, 2013 Australian Open, 2014 Wimbledon, and also became the only fifth pair in tennis history to complete a Career Grand Slam. However, the duo sadly announced their split late 2015 to pursue their career in their own individual path.
The tall brunette of height 1.63m and weight 60kg is arguably one of the most hardworking players. She has won more than 8 million USD as cash prize from tennis. Currently, she holds the record for being the oldest first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist in the Open Era. She also is an active user of twitter where she can be followed for more updates.