KATOWICE, Poland - Lara Arruabarrena and Lourdes Domínguez Lino came and conquered the doubles draw at the inaugural BNP Paribas Katowice Open, capping their week on Sunday with a hard-fought straight set win over Romanian-Russian duo Raluca Olaru and Valeria Solovyeva.
Both teams made it through some tough matches earlier in the week and this one was no different - Olaru and Solovyeva were up by a break in both sets, once in the first set at 4-3 and twice in the second set at 1-0 and 5-4. But Arruabarrena and Domínguez Lino broke right back every time and at the end of the day the all-Spanish combination was just too tough, winning in straights, 64 75.
The Spanish pair won its first WTA doubles title together. For Arruabarrena it was her first WTA doubles title; for Domínguez Lino it was her sixth WTA doubles title, having won three previously with Arantxa Parra Santonja (Acapulco in 2007, Barcelona in 2008 and Acapulco again this year), one with Paola Suárez (Bogotá in 2007) and one with María José Martínez Sánchez (Bastad in 2011).
"It has been a great week," Arruabarrena said after the match. "I am so pleased with my first WTA doubles title. It's a great feeling. We played very well today and I have learned a lot from playing with Lourdes - I'm really looking forward to winning more WTA doubles titles with her in the future."
"I have had a lot of fun with Lara and her coach this week," Domínguez Lino said. "We didn't know what to expect from the tournament and we've been very pleased with everything, and of course the cherry on the cake has been winning the title. It's great to have a win like this just before we play Fed Cup. I'm very happy about how everything went and I hope we can do this again very soon."
This week's No.1 seeds, Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Janette Husarova, were taken out in the first round by the Pliskova twins, Karolina and Kristyna - they in turn were beaten by Olaru and Solovyeva in the next round. Arruabarrena and Domínguez Lino were responsible for taking out the tournament's No.2 seeds, Shuko Aoyama and Mervana Jugic-Salkic, edging them in the quarterfinals, 36 64 108.