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She just turned 33 in February, but Italy’s Roberta Vinci is enjoying her best season ever in tennis.
Four days after her birthday, Vinci cracked the top 10 of the WTA rankings for the first time in a career that has spanned 27 years.
Her capture of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy title saw her move to eighth spot – 11 was her previous highest ranking – and become the oldest woman to ever debut in the top 10. Betty Stove of the Netherlands held the previous record when she debuted in 1976 at 31 years and 100 days.
That triumph was also her first one since July 2013 and Vinci is hungry as ever to continue winning in what she feels is her “best” season so far despite already reaching her goal of making the top 10 world ranking.
“I'm so happy. I practiced a lot, I won a lot of matches and now I'm in the top 10 for the first time,” she told Yahoo Singapore over the phone from Madrid recently.
“I don’t have any particular goal, but of course I would like to stay inRead More »from Age is no barrier: Vinci eager to stay in top 10 of women’s tennis