Azarenka & Kirilenko Conquer Stanford
Published July 31, 2011 11:16
STANFORD, CA, USA - Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko are having as fine a season as any team on the WTA, the latest evidence being their third career title - all of them Premier-level - and second this year in Stanford. The second-seeded duo rolled past top-seeded Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in Sunday's final, 61 63.
Azarenka and Kirilenko last teamed up at the French Open, suffering a quarterfinal loss to Huber and Raymond, so exacted a measure of revenge here. The Americans now each have one runner-up showing to go along with two titles at this event.
"Last year I was able to win the singles title here at the Bank of the West Classic and now doubles this year," said Azarenka, who picked up her sixth career doubles title on her 22nd birthday. "We had a great week and I look forward to playing again with Maria."
"First, I want to wish Victoria a happy birthday. She is a great doubles partner," said Kirilenko, who now has 10 career doubles titles. "We had a great week at the tournament and hope we can come back and win this title again."
With their victory, Azarenka and Kirilenko established a firm grip on second place and got within breathing distance of third place in the race to secure one of the four spots in the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2011. Here is how they compare with the Top 5 teams in the standings:
Also Sunday, No.1 seeds Sania Mirza and Yaroslava Shvedova won the inaugural Citi Open, beating No.2 seeds Olga Govortsova and Alla Kudryavtseva, 63 63, in the final. Teaming up for the first time, Mirza and Shvedova did not lose more than four games in a set all week. Mirza now has 12 doubles titles to her name, three coming this year, and Shvedova has four.