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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
2014 Record: 24-14
Career Record: 81-30
Career Record On Hard: 51-16
Career Record On Clay: 22-8
Career Record On Grass: 8-6
Career Olympics Record: 2-1
Career Grand Slam Record: 36-9

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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  • Makarova's Day In Italy With Lotto

    November 26, 2014
    Ekaterina Makarova, who's oh so close to breaking the Top 10, spent a day in Italy with Lotto, trying out new gear, meeting young fans and more. Watch the video here!
  • Li Na Comes Off WTA Rankings

    November 10, 2014
    A week after finishing as the year-end No.9, the now-retired Li Na has officially come off the WTA Rankings. But while one WTA star is movin' on out, others are movin' on up.
  • Petkovic First Into Semifinals In Sofia

    October 30, 2014
    Andrea Petkovic is the first player into the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions semifinals. It all comes down to Friday for the other three spots in the final four.
  • Muguruza Makes Flying Start

    October 29, 2014
    Garbiñe Muguruza made a flying start to the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions, brushing aside the challenge of top seed Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-1.
  • Sofia: Breaking Down The Groups

    October 27, 2014
    The elite eight of the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions has been split into two round robin groups. Re-live their title-winning moments of 2014 right here!
  • Muguruza Rounds Out Sofia Field

    October 23, 2014
    WTA Rising Star Garbiñe Muguruza is the last piece of the puzzle in the eight-woman field at next week's Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions in Sofia.
  • Breaking Down The Doubles Field

    October 21, 2014
    The doubles draw is set. Who's playing who in the quarterfinals? What are the head-to-heads? What did the players say about the match-ups? All that and more right here!
  • Ekaterina Makarova: Second Alternate

    October 16, 2014
    With Dominika Cibulkova falling in Moscow, Ekaterina Makarova is officially the second alternate at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
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  • Gallery: Makarova Visits Italy With Lotto

    November 27, 2014
    Ekaterina Makarova visited the Lotto Sport Italia company headquarters recently, trying out new gear, meeting her young fans and more - check out some of the best pics from the visit here.
  • Gallery: Doubles Team Of Year Nominees

    November 13, 2014
    Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina and Cara Black and Sania Mirza - see their 2014 highlights here.
  • Sofia Gallery: A Week To Remember

    November 03, 2014
    Fantastic fans, WTA stars, Halloween spirit, fighting spirit - it was all on display at the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions. See 15 of the best pics from the week here.
  • Sofia Gallery: The Draw Ceremony

    October 28, 2014
    The elite eight of the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions stepped out for the draw ceremony and iconic photo shoot on Sunday - see all the best pics from the big day right here.
  • WTA Finals Gallery: Game Of Inches

    October 24, 2014
    It all came down to Friday to determine the last three spots in the final four. And for one player in particular it was such a near miss you won't believe it...
  • WTA Finals Gallery: Shockwaves

    October 22, 2014
    Simona Halep had never beaten a Top 3 player, hadn't even taken a set in eight tries, in fact - but all of that changed with a massive upset in Singapore on Wednesday.
  • WTA Finals Gallery: Packed Day In Paradise

    October 21, 2014
    From shiny trophies to brand new gadgets and some brilliant on-court action, it was a packed day at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
  • Wuhan Gallery: Sharapova & The Kids

    September 22, 2014
    From Maria Sharapova visiting some lucky ballkids to a pair of US Open semifinalists hitting the WTA Tennis Festival, check out all the best pics from Wuhan here.
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