Liezel & Nadia Win Too
Published April 18, 2010 12:00
CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Things got pretty tight at the end but Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova were able to hold on to capture the Family Circle Cup doubles title, beating Vania King and Michaella Krajicek in the final, 63 64.
Although they were playing together for the very first time, Huber and Petrova's individual experience as doubles players surpassed almost everyone else in the draw, Huber with 41 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles to her credit and Petrova with 18; and in their first four matches together they didn't even lose a set, collecting their 42nd and 18th career doubles titles, respectively.
Petrova was the only one of the four doubles finalists to have won in Charleston before, doing so last year with Bethanie Mattek-Sands - in fact, the Russian had also won the singles title here before, four years ago.
"It's a fantastic experience. I was coming here this year only to compete in singles and Liezel's husband offered me to play doubles with her this week," Petrova said. "I saw this as an opportunity to work on my doubles game and have a chance to defend my title from last year. I had wonderful fun with Liezel."
King and Krajicek were playing together for just the second time but their first venture was wildly successful, as they won the Memphis title earlier this year. En route to their second final they had beaten the two most accomplished women in the doubles draw, No.2 seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs.
"In Australia we said we would play in Memphis. We did and it went really well," Krajicek said. "This week has been even more special because it's obviously an even bigger tournament, and we beat the second seeds. Every match we played really, really well. Today was actually the first time we've lost a set playing together. We'll definitely be playing together much more again in the future."