Dechy, Santangelo Secure Title in Strasbourg

Nathalie Dechy and Mara Santangelo won in Strasbourg, while Raquel Kops-Jones and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were victorious in Warsaw.

Published May 23, 2009 12:00

Dechy, Santangelo Secure Title in Strasbourg
Nathalie Dechy, Mara Santangelo

STRASBOURG, France - Nathalie Dechy and Mara Santangelo won their third Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles title of the year at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, defeating surprise unseeded finalists Claire Feuerstein and Stéphanie Foretz in 49 minutes, 60 61.

The No.2-seeded pair, who had already won titles this year at Auckland and Monterrey, are the third team to win three Tour titles this year, following Cara Black and Liezel Huber and Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez. Dechy now owns seven career Tour doubles titles and Santangelo has nine; four of those titles have come together.

Top seeds Chuang Chia-Jung and Tamarine Tanasugarn were sent home by Eleni Daniilidou and Jasmin Woehr in straight sets in the first round.

WARSAW, Poland - Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Bethanie Mattek-Sands lifted the doubles championship trophies at the Warsaw Open, beating two-time Slam winners Yan Zi and Zheng Jie in the final, 61 61.

"This is the first time we played together. We played tough teams but we had good chemistry," said Mattek-Sands, who won her third Tour doubles title of the year and the seventh of her career. "We both have regular partners outside of this event we're going back to, but we'd love to play together again."

"We were a bit worried about the rain today. We arrived on site pretty early and weren't really sure what to expect, maybe we'd play the final indoors," said Kops-Jones, who won her second Tour doubles of the year and the third of her career. "We knew we had to stay tough. We just had good energy. We were good to go despite hail, rain, wind and sun! We played a solid match today."

Mattek-Sands' other Tour doubles titles this year were in Charleston and Stuttgart, both with Nadia Petrova, and Kops-Jones won Estoril with Abigail Spears.

The Top four seeded teams all made the semis in Warsaw, with third-seeded Kops-Jones and Mattek Sands knocking off top-seeded Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond and second-seeded Yan and Zheng topping fourth-seeded Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko.

Yan and Zheng previously won majors at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006.

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