Raymond & Stubbs Geared Up For Grass
Published June 19, 2010 12:00
In doubles finals on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this week, one winning team captured their 33rd title together and the other their first.
Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs' 32nd title together had come at Eastbourne in 2005. Shortly thereafter, they split up until the beginning of 2010, however, they had not been having the same kind of success as before, with three semifinal showings being their best results of the year. That all changed on Friday at the same site of their last title (they also won Eastbourne in 2001 and 2002), as the No.4 seeds edged No.2 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, 63 26 1311, saving two match points in the match tie-break.
The only previous match-up between the finalists, in the round of 16 in Dubai earlier this year, was also extended to a match tie-break, but Peschke and Srebotnik came out on top in that one.
"Given the circumstances, that two weeks ago Rennae went down with a broken finger in our match at the French, and now here she is and we've won our first title of the year, it's amazing," said Raymond, who now has 70 Tour doubles titles. "It's a tribute to her and her hard work and how much she wants it and it's a great way to lead into Wimbledon."
"I'm just stoked," said Stubbs, who now has 60 Tour doubles titles. "It's been a while since I last won a title and there were moments today when I was a little nervous, but Lisa kept me in it. Bottom line, it's just nice to feel that feeling again and to do it for my best friend. I didn't think I would even be playing Wimbledon. I didn't hit for two weeks.
"That's the beauty of playing on grass, serve and volley; it proves that the old way of playing doubles still works on the grass courts."
Meanwhile, in 's-Hertogenbosch on Saturday, third-seeded Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova survived fourth-seeded Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, 36 63 106. All four of the champs' matches this week were decided by match tie-breaks, and close ones at that, as the 10-6 one in the final was the biggest deficit of the four.
Kudryavtseva and Rodionova's previous best result together had been a runner-up showing in Strasbourg earlier this year.
"A few weeks ago in the Strasbourg final Vania beat us, so it was nice to get this win against them," Rodionova said. "We worked very hard this week, with all of our matches going to a super tie-break. This gives us great confidence."
This was Kudryavtseva's second career Tour doubles title and Rodionova's third.