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Elena Vesnina

Elena Vesnina
  • Residence: Sochi, Russia
  • Date of Birth: 01 Aug 1986
  • Birthplace: Lvov, Ukraine
  • Height: 5' 7 3/4" (1.76 m)
  • Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Status: Pro (2002)
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Ekaterina Makarova

Ekaterina Makarova
  • Residence: Moscow, Russia
  • Date of Birth: 07 Jun 1988
  • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
  • Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
  • Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg)
  • Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Status: Pro (October 2004)
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Biography

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have teamed up in Fed Cup as far back as 2008, but didn't become a regular pairing until 2012. Success came quickly after that, most notably with Premier-level titles in Beijing and Moscow to close out the season.

2013 was even better, highlighted by more Fed Cup wins while representing Russia, a deep run at the Australian Open, another Premier title at Indian Wells and their first Grand Slam title at the French Open, where they did not drop a set all fortnight, including in the final against defending champions and top-ranked duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

That made Makarova and Vesnina just the second all-Russian pairing to win a Grand Slam doubles title after Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva at the 2012 Australian Open.

"We have been together since last year, and I think we are a good team," Vesnina said. "We understand each other pretty good and have a lot of confidence right now.

"We've had some good wins this year and also last year, so maybe this win has brought us some confidence. And we were playing really good today in the final."

"I'm so happy that we played so solid today and played exactly how we wanted to," Makarova said. "We kept all the time to our game strategy and it worked today really well. It's a great feeling to win our first Grand Slam."

Makarova and Vesnina's memorable 2013 resulted in their clinching a berth in the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time, beating Errani and Vinci again en route to a runner-up showing. Their 2014 has been highlighted by their second Grand Slam title at the US Open, leading to them qualifying for the WTA Finals for the second straight year.

All but one of Makarova's WTA doubles titles have come alongside Vesnina, while Vesnina has had success with several other players - most notably capturing Indian Wells with Dinara Safina in 2008 and with Sania Mirza in 2011.

TEAM STATS
2015 Record: 6-3
Career Record: 87-33
Career Record On Hard: 57-19
Career Record On Clay: 22-8
Career Record On Grass: 8-6
Career Olympics Record: 2-1
Career Grand Slam Record: 39-10

2014 HIGHLIGHTS
WON (1):
US Open; R-Up (2): Australian Open, Miami

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
WON (5):
2014 - US Open; 2013 - Indian Wells, Roland Garros; 2012 - Beijing, Moscow; R-Up (5): 2014 - Australian Open, Miami; 2013 - WTA Championships; 2012 - Madrid, Rome

MAKAROVA'S INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES STATS
WTA Titles: 6
Career-High Ranking: No.4

VESNINA'S INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES STATS
WTA Titles: 11
Career-High Ranking: No.3

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  • Dubai: Peng vs. Vesnina

    February 16, 2015
    Peng Shuai takes on Elena Vesnina in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
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  • Makarova Gets A Taste Of Tennis

    March 27, 2015
    Today on WTA Live Fan Access presented by Xerox, Ekaterina Makarova heads to a delicious event in Miami. She also answers your questions - what's her favorite song?
  • Gavrilova Stuns Sharapova In Miami

    March 26, 2015
    Inspired Russian wildcard Daria Gavrilova pulled off an absolute stunner at the Miami Open on Thursday night, edging Maria Sharapova for the biggest win of her career.
  • Makarova & Vesnina Eyeing Singapore Spot

    March 26, 2015
    Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have qualified for the past two editions of the WTA Finals and after a successful fortnight in Indian Wells they are eyeing up a return.
  • Hingis & Mirza Complete Dream Debut

    March 21, 2015
    In their first tournament together, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza went all the way to the BNP Paribas Open doubles title - the Swiss-Indian combo didn't even lose a set.
  • Makarova & Vesnina Target Repeat Triumph

    March 20, 2015
    Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina will take on the newly formed team of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza for the BNP Paribas Open title.
  • 8 Players, 41 Grand Slams

    March 18, 2015
    There's some tennis royalty in the doubles semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open - the eight players left have won a combined total of 41 Grand Slams. Who has the most?
  • Makarova & The Top 10 Challenge

    March 18, 2015
    Today on WTA Live Fan Access presented by Xerox, the newest member of the world's Top 10 takes the Top 10 Challenge - see how she does right here on wtatennis.com!
  • Video: WTA Stars On A Desert Island?

    March 17, 2015
    Six of the top WTA stars - including Eugenie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova - were asked what they'd bring with them to a desert island. Who do you think would survive?
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  • Indian Wells Gallery: 26 Great Smiles

    March 13, 2015
    It's not all about battling it out on the tennis court - the stars of the WTA like having fun too. See 26 of their best smiles from beautiful Indian Wells here on wtatennis.com.
  • Pattaya City Gallery: Party Time

    February 12, 2015
    Thai trailblazer Tamarine Tanasugarn and WTA Rising Stars Zarina Diyas and Zheng Saisai were among a star-studded turnout at the PTT Thailand Open player party.
  • Gallery: 20 Iconic Pics From The AO

    February 05, 2015
    Smiles, supercoaches, trophies, action shots, even some multiple exposures - see 20 of the most iconic pics from this year's Australian Open, right here on wtatennis.com.
  • AO Gallery: Hashtags & Carousels

    January 27, 2015
    Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Ekaterina Makarova are just some of the WTA stars who've been keeping busy off the court in Melbourne - see the pics here!
  • AO Gallery: Stars Rise Up

    January 23, 2015
    Contenders Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard subdued upset-minded opponents in Australian Open third round play on Friday.
  • AO Gallery: Favorites Rule

    January 21, 2015
    All the seeds in second round action on Wednesday at the Australian Open advanced, but it wasn't always easy, especially for Maria Sharapova.
  • Sydney Gallery: The Player Party

    January 12, 2015
    Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber were among the many WTA stars glamming up and stepping out for the Apia International Sydney player party Sunday.
  • Gallery: Most Popular, No.30 To No.21

    December 10, 2014
    We're down to the Top 30 most clicked on players of the year on wtatennis.com, and today we're counting down from No.30 to No.21, beginning with the No.1 teenager in the world...
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