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Mattek-Sands, Petrova Capture Family Circle Cup

Meanwhile, Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez were victorious in Barcelona.

Published April 20, 2009 12:00

Mattek-Sands, Petrova Capture Family Circle Cup
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Nadia Petrova

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Fourth-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova saved three match points in the match tie-break during a run of five straight points to edge unseeded Liga Dekmeijere and Patty Schnyder, 67(5) 62 119, in the final of the Family Circle Cup.

It was their first title together; Mattek-Sands now has five Tour doubles titles to her name while Petrova has 16. They were playing together for the third time.

"Nadia's coach hooked us up and we played in Miami, Ponte Vedra then here," Mattek-Sands said. "To win a tournament like Charleston is a big deal. It's a big tournament for us. Our semifinal win was against a really good team and this just means more confidence for me, especially going into Fed Cup next week."

"Our personalities match," Petrova said. "We work a lot off the court together and we really understand each other's game. We know each other's strengths and know how to work as a team."

In addition to the final, Mattek-Sands and Petrova were extended to a match tie-break in two other matches, including their semifinal victory over top-seeded Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond. Dekmeijere and Schnyder eliminated second-seeded Chuang Chia-Jung and Elena Vesnina and third-seeded Peng Shuai and Yan Zi en route to the final.

BARCELONA, Spain - Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez fulfilled their expectations as top seeds at the Barcelona Ladies Open nicely, beating all comers to take home their Sony Ericsson WTA Tour-leading third title of the year, their fourth overall. They have won titles at Bogotá once (2009) and Acapulco twice (2008, 2009). They now each have eight Tour doubles titles.

It wasn't an easy path to the latest title for the Spaniards, though, especially in the final, where they rebounded from a 63 20 deficit against the unseeded pairing of Sorana Cirstea and Andreja Klepac to prevail in a match tie-break, 36 62 108. Their other significant challenge was in the first round, when they survived another unseeded team - fellow Spaniards Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Arantxa Parra Santonja - 61 46 107.

Cirstea and Klepac knocked off two seeded teams during their surprise run to the final, second-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Ipek Senoglu in the first round and fourth-seeded Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the semis.

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