Brianti & Cirstea Triumphant In Texas

Alberta Brianti and Sorana Cirstea were victorious in their first event as a duo, but they were pushed along the way.

Published August 27, 2011 09:06

Brianti & Cirstea Triumphant In Texas
Pauline Parmentier, Aliz�� Cornet, Alberta Brianti, Sorana Cirstea

Alberta Brianti and Sorana Cirstea had never played together prior to this week, but went all the way to the title at the inaugural Texas Tennis Open despite a couple of major challenges.

In addition to being two points from defeat in their first round win over the Bondarenko sisters, Brianti and Cirstea had three match points against them in the match tie-break of their quarterfinal defeat of No.2 seeds Andreja Klepac and Tatiana Poutchek. Their last two matches were more routine, though they were a break down in the first set of their 75 63 win over Alizé Cornet and Pauline Parmentier in Saturday's final.

"In each point we really wanted this victory, so we really fought," said Brianti, who will play alongside Maria Kondratieva next week at Flushing Meadows. "Unfortunately we aren't playing the US Open together because we already had different partners, but I hope to play more with Sorana in the future."

"I thought Alberta had some of the best volleys I've seen in women's tennis," said Cirstea, who will pair up with Ayumi Morita at Flushing Meadows. "We were a great team. We really complemented each other. You can't just be singles players on the doubles court. We'll be back next year!"

Brianti, who now has two career doubles titles, and Cirstea, who has four, are the eighth team this year to capture their first event together. Here is the list:

Event Titlists
Bogotá Gallovits-Hall & Medina Garrigues
Kuala Lumpur Safina & Voskoboeva
Stuttgart Lisicki & Stosur
Brussels Hlavackova & Voskoboeva
Budapest Medina Garrigues & Rosolska
College Park Mirza & Shvedova
Dallas Brianti & Cirstea

Notes: Safina and Voskoboeva are the only duo from the list that have played since their initial title-winning outing, reaching the semifinals of Fès.

Also Saturday, Chuang Chia-Jung and Olga Govortsova beat Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, 75 62, to take the title in New Haven.

"I had my birthday here this week too so I guess it's a good present for me," said Govortsova, who now has seven doubles titles to her name. "It seems CJ and I only play well at the end of the season, maybe we should just start at this time every year!"

Chuang and Govortsova, whose only previous title came last year at Beijing, are teaming up again at Flushing Meadows.

"It has been a very good week and I hope we can continue this form at the US Open," said Chuang, who has 17 doubles titles.

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