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Mirza & Vesnina Claim Second Premier Title

Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina followed their Indian Wells doubles title with another in Charleston.

Published April 10, 2011 12:00

Mirza & Vesnina Claim Second Premier Title
Sania Mirza, Elena Vesnina

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Two months together, two Premier titles. Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina won their second WTA title in as many months in Charleston on Sunday, holding off Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy, 64 64, to win the Family Circle Cup.

Mirza and Vesnina, who won their first title together at Indian Wells three weeks ago with a win over Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy in that final too, repeated the result, this time holding off late surges from the all-American team, closing out the first set after letting a 5-1 lead close to 5-4, then closing out the second set after letting 4-0 close to 4-all. Vesnina fired a forehand winner to end it.

This was Mirza and Vesnina's fifth event together. They began with back-to-back quarterfinals at Dubai and Doha, then won Indian Wells but fell early in Miami. In Charleston, Mirza won her 11th WTA doubles title, Vesnina her fifth.

In their press conference, Mirza and Vesnina were asked how they complement each other on the court. "It helps we get along so well," Mirza said. "If either one of us isn't playing well, you don't get angry at your friends. We've known each other for really long. We play better every day and understand each other's games better. When the other one isn't playing as well, the other picks it up."

The two then started complimenting each other.

"I think Sania has the best forehand on the tour," Vesnina said.

"I'm not so sure," the humble Mirza replied.

"I see the eyes of the net player who's guarding the ball from her forehand," Vesnina continued, "They're thinking, 'Oh my God, no, the Mirza forehand!'"

"Elena has a lethal backhand and the forehand is my strong shot. Opponents run out of ideas what to do, considering they have only half the court to play in," Mirza added. "I think we've improved our volleys and are more confident too. With confidence you start to poach more and do stuff normal doubles players do. And since we're so heavy off the ground, it's easier for the player at net."

Vesnina was playing her second final of the day, having also been in the singles final against Caroline Wozniacki. What's next for the Russian? "I'm not going to touch the racquet for seven days," she said. "I'm going to take a week off at least. I'll get treatment and massage and relax, to get the tennis off my mind."

Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy were the No.4 seeds and beat No.1 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik en route to the final. The duo is now 1-4 in WTA doubles finals together, winning Paris earlier this year.

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