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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 Championships for the first time, beating Errani and Vinci again en route to a runner-up showing. In their first Grand Slam of 2014, the Russians were runners-up at the Australian Open.

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: 15-10
Career Record: 72-26
Career Record On Hard: 42-12
Career Record On Clay: 22-8
Career Record On Grass: 8-6
Career Olympics Record: 2-1
Career Grand Slam Record: 30-9

2014 HIGHLIGHTS
R-Up (2): Australian Open, Miami

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
WON (4):
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
Titles: 5
Career-High Ranking: No.4

VESNINA'S INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES STATS
Titles: 10
Career-High Ranking: No.3

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  • Kuznetsova Books Citi Open QF Berth

    July 31, 2014
    Svetlana Kuznetsova joined two other Russians in the Washington DC quarterfinals by holding off Kirsten Flipkens on Thursday.
  • Makarova Beats Rybarikova At Citi Open

    July 29, 2014
    Ekaterina Makarova put an end to two-time defending champion Magdalena Rybarikova's perfect record in Washington DC on Tuesday.
  • First Grand Slam Semifinal For Safarova

    July 01, 2014
    Lucie Safarova made short work of fellow lefty Ekaterina Makarova in becoming the first player into the Wimbledon semifinals. Next up for her is another Czech.
  • Makarova & Lisicki's Day At Wimbledon

    June 30, 2014
    Ekaterina Makarova and Sabine Lisicki kept the surprises coming, Eugenie Bouchard kept on winning and three Czechs made history as Week 2 got underway.
  • Classy Makarova Ends Radwanska Hopes

    June 30, 2014
    Ekaterina Makarova produced an imperious display to send former runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska packing in the fourth round.
  • Barty & Dellacqua Among Doubles Winners

    June 30, 2014
    Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua were straight set victors over Kimiko Date-Krumm and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Monday to reach the third round of Wimbledon.
  • 10 Things: Halep Vs Radwanska Final?

    June 29, 2014
    With the Top 2 seeds out, will it be No.3 against No.4 for the title? How freely is Maria Sharapova swinging? Who is Tereza Smitkova? Get ready for Week 2 here!
  • Kvitova Edges Venus, Li Out

    June 27, 2014
    Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams served up a blockbuster on Centre Court on Friday. Elsewhere, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska advanced, but Li Na fell.
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  • Gallery: Rally For Bally's Best Moments

    June 15, 2014
    Charity events in honor of Elena Baltacha were held at Birmingham, Eastbourne and Queen's Club on Sunday.
  • Photos Du Jour: 10 Great Action Shots

    June 02, 2014
    As we get ready for Day 10 of the French Open, take a look back at 10 of the best action shots from the clay court Grand Slam, right here on wtatennis.com.
  • Oeiras Gallery: The Player Party

    April 29, 2014
    The biggest WTA stars - including Sam Stosur, Eugenie Bouchard, Roberta Vinci and Elena Vesnina - were all at the Portugal Open player party. See the pics here!
  • Charleston Gallery: A Little Bit More

    April 08, 2014
    The Family Circle Cup may have wrapped up, but there were still a few more great pics to share from the Premier-level event - see 15 of the best extras right here.
  • Gallery: Vesnina & The Torch

    February 17, 2014
    Like Maria Sharapova, Elena Vesnina carried the torch during the opening ceremony celebrations of the Winter Olympics. Check out some more pics from the Russian's big day in her hometown...
  • Gallery: Finals Day In Paris & Pattaya

    February 02, 2014
    From Russians sweeping the singles titles to two riveting doubles finals, the stars of the WTA were battling it out at venues almost 6000 miles apart. All the best pics from Finals Day, here.
  • Pattaya City Gallery: The Player Party

    January 29, 2014
    The WTA stars glammed up for the PTT Pattaya Open player party, with Sabine Lisicki and Sorana Cirstea among those stepping out. That and more off-court pictures from Thailand right here!
  • Hobart Gallery: Memories From Tasmania

    January 09, 2014
    The stars of the WTA - including Sam Stosur, Laura Robson and Elena Vesnina - have been venturing away from the courts of the Hobart International this week and taking in some of the sights...
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