Doubles Favorites Flourish
Published May 02, 2010 12:00
The draws went according to form in this week's Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles events in Stuttgart and Fès, as the No.1 seeds defeated the No.2 seeds in both finals.
Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta took the title in Stuttgart, where they were runners-up last year, with a 36 76(3) 105 victory over Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in Sunday's final. They rallied from a 63 53 deficit to capture their fifth title as a duo and second straight, having been champions in Miami in their last event together earlier this year.
"They started really well. We just tried to be focused and play our game, and in the end we did it," said Pennetta, who now has eight Tour doubles titles.
"There's no secret, we just have fun and play well together," said Dulko, who has 11 Tour doubles titles.
The Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem final was completed Saturday, with Iveta Benesova and Anabel Medina Garrigues topping Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Renata Voracova, 63 61.
Despite it being their first time playing together, Benesova, who now has eight Tour doubles titles, and Medina Garrigues, who has 14, did not drop a set all week. Hradecka and Voracova did the same until the final.
The win was especially sweet for Benesova, as earlier in the day she was victorious in the singles final, so is the second player this year (the first was Serena Williams at the Australian Open) to win the singles and doubles at the same event.
"After singles I was so excited I didn't feel tired anymore. I was full of energy again," Benesova said. "Anabel helped me a lot. She's really a great player."