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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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  • Radwanska Advances, Makarova Out

    May 02, 2015
    Agnieszka Radwanska and Ekaterina Makarova had mixed luck at the Mutua Madrid Open, with one moving smoothly through but the other falling to a two-time Grand Slam champion.
  • Friday: Chat With The Top 8 In Madrid

    April 30, 2015
    Want to chat with one of the Top 8 players in the world? They're all going to be at All Access Hour at the Mutua Madrid Open on Friday, and you can chat with them all on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Kerber Pulls Off Sharapova Shocker

    April 23, 2015
    Angelique Kerber pulled off the biggest surprise of the week at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, taking out No.1 seed and three-time defending champion Maria Sharapova.
  • Garcia Stuns Ivanovic, Suárez Survives

    April 21, 2015
    WTA Rising Star Caroline Garcia continued to be the thorn in Ana Ivanovic's side, beating the former World No.1 for the third time this year. Carla Suárez Navarro survived.
  • WTA Diary: Fed Cup Round-up

    April 20, 2015
    Catch-up on the weekend's Fed Cup action and the build-up to the first Premier event of the European clay court season with the return of the WTA Diary.
  • Kvitova Leads Czechs Into Fed Cup Final

    April 19, 2015
    Petra Kvitova beat Caroline Garcia to send the Czech Republic back into the Fed Cup final. Awaiting them will be Russia, whose tie with Germany went down to the wire.
  • By The Numbers: The Season So Far

    April 13, 2015
    Before the tennis tour heads back to Europe for the clay court season, wtatennis.com takes a look back at the first quarter of the year, by the numbers.
  • New No.8 Makarova Wins But Withdraws

    April 08, 2015
    Ekaterina Makarova battled to victory in her opening match of the Family Circle Cup, but unfortunately had to pull out of the tournament afterwards due to gastrointestinal illness.
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  • An Electric Opening Night In Stuttgart

    April 21, 2015
    Maria, Simona, Petra, Caroline, Ana - the brightest WTA stars glammed up and stepped out for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix opening ceremony. See all the best pics here!
  • 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.
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