Polish, Asian Duos Win Marbella, Ponte Vedra
Published April 13, 2009 12:00
MARBELLA, Spain - Second-seeded Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska of Poland won the doubles title at the inaugural Andalucía Tennis Experience, taking out top-seeded Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual in the final, 63 63.
Jans collected her first Tour title of any kind; Rosolska had won one Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title before, also in doubles, with Latvia's Liga Dekmeijere last season at another clay court event in Viña del Mar. Medina Garrigues and Ruano Pascual are one of the top doubles teams around: among their four titles together is last year's Roland Garros crown.
"I'm very happy with today's result. This was my fifth final and my second final of the year but I never won a doubles title on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, so today was a dream come true," Jans beamed. "We knew it would be tough to beat the Spanish team. They are a very good team but somehow we were quite confident. Our game has been improving and we knew we can do it."
"This is the biggest success for us as a team," Rosolska said. "It is the first final we won together. We have been in a few finals before but this feels great. We came on the court knowing we had nothing to lose and we stayed focused the entire match. We played well and we did it!"
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, USA - The unseeded pairing of Chinese Taipei's Chuang Chia-Jung and India's Sania Mirza were victorious in the doubles at The MPS Group Championships, upsetting No.1 seeds Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond in a competitive match tie-break final, 63 46 107. Both Chuang and Mirza had captured doubles titles on the Tour with other partners previously but this was the Asian pairing's first triumph together.
"This was our second tournament together, so we have had a lot more match practice together," Mirza said. "Kveta and Lisa have been playing for a long time and they're really experienced, and we're really happy to have beaten them. We just played the big points better at the end. I think that was the difference."
The second seeds, Peng Shuai and Yan Zi, were bounced in the quarters by Dekmeijere and Angela Haynes. Third-seeded Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko withdrew before their quarterfinal match because of a right forearm strain that Kateryna suffered in singles action.