Unseeded Duos Win Titles
Published June 22, 2009 03:36
EASTBOURNE, UK - The doubles final at the AEGON International saw the unseeded pair of Akgul Amanmuradova and Ai Sugiyama take out No.4 seeds Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs in straight sets, 64 63.
Amanmuradova and Sugiyama won their first Tour title together; Amanmuradova came away with her first Tour title of any kind, while Sugiyama now has 38 Tour doubles title to her name.
"I couldn't believe before the tournament I could actually win it," Amanmuradova said. "This is the first time I've played with Ai and it's been an incredible week for me. Ai came and asked me if I can come and play with her and I was surprised because she is a big star, so of course I said yes. I learn a lot from her attitude on court. She always fights. If she makes a mistake she's always focusing on the next point and also has an unbelievable return of serve. She's so quick, too. The first time we practiced I couldn't believe how fast she is. She's a great player and unbelievably experienced. Hopefully we will play together again."
"It's the first time I've played with Akgul. We actually decided to play together about 10 or 15 minutes before the doubles sign-in closed," Sugiyama said. "Each match we played better and better. Akgul was playing really great in the final and it was the first final she's played! She dealt with the pressure really well. We enjoyed playing together the whole week, so hopefully we will play some more tournaments together in the future."
Stosur and Stubbs can take solace in the fact that they eliminated Cara Black and Liezel Huber, co-ranked No.1 in the world and the top seeds, in the semifinals.
'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands - In a battle between two unseeded teams, Italians Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta outlasted Michaella Krajicek and Yanina Wickmayer in a match tie-break, 64 57 1311, to capture the Ordina Open.
Krajicek and Wickmayer saved four match points late in the match tie-break - three down 9-6, one more down 10-9 - and even held one of their own at 11-10, but the Italians held on for their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title together.
"I'm very happy to have won the Ordina Open this week," said Errani, who took home her second Tour doubles title. "I really enjoyed playing with Flavia this week. Hopefully we can play together again; it was a lot of fun and we did great."
"This was the first time I played with Sara and we had so much fun and did so well, we'll have to do it again soon," said Pennetta, who won her fifth Tour doubles title.