Title No.1 For Two Teams
Published September 19, 2010 12:00
Two unseeded duos won their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles together on Sunday, one of which had never teamed up before this week.
Edina Gallovits and Sania Mirza hardly looked like they were making their team debut in Guangzhou, as they did not drop a set all week, including in their 75 63 win over fellow unseeded duo Han Xinyun and Liu Wanting in the final.
"It was a lot of fun playing with Sania," said Gallovits, whose only other career Tour doubles title came earlier this year alongside Gisela Dulko in Bogotá. "I was excited when I found out we were playing together and have really enjoyed the week. She's a great player and really aggressive and that helped us to play well together. I would love to play with her again."
"We played great together and it's great to win another tournament," said Mirza, who now has nine Tour doubles titles to her name, with this being her first of 2010. "It's tough to play players you haven't faced before, so I think that's why it took some time to get into the match, but once we did that I thought we felt very comfortable and were able to secure the win."
Meanwhile, in the Québec City final, Swedes Sofia Arvidsson and Johanna Larsson upended No.1 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 61 26 106, two rounds after knocking off No.2 seeds Carly Gullickson and Abigail Spears. This was Arvidsson's first Tour doubles title and Larsson's first Tour title of any kind.
Arvidsson, who was playing with Larsson for the fifth time in a Tour event, was a runner-up at this event last year alongside Severine Beltrame, while Mattek-Sands was champion alongside Vania King.