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Stats Corner: Doubles Finalists From Same Country

The Australian Open doubles final consists of two pairs of players from the same country. When else has that happened at a major?

Published January 26, 2012 03:58

Stats Corner: Doubles Finalists From Same Country
Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova

MELBOURNE, Australia - For the first time in over a decade, the Australian Open doubles final will be contested by two pairs of players from the same country, with Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci taking on Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva on Friday.

Here is a list of all the times this has occurred in the Open Era at Grand Slams:

Event Countries Represented In Doubles Final
'69 Australian Open AUS, USA
'69 Wimbledon AUS, USA
'70 Australian Open AUS (both teams)
'70 French Open FRA, USA
'71 Australian Open AUS (both teams)
'71 French Open AUS, FRA
'71 Wimbledon AUS, USA
'72 Australian Open AUS (both teams)
'80 French Open ARG, USA
'81 French Open RSA, USA
'81 Wimbledon USA (both teams)
'81 Australian Open USA (both teams)
'82 Wimbledon USA (both teams)
'84 Wimbledon USA (both teams)
'87 Australian Open USA (both teams)
'89 Wimbledon CZE, URS
'90 Australian Open CZE, USA
'90 US Open CZE, USA
'01 Australian Open USA (both teams)
'09 Wimbledon AUS, USA
'12 Australian Open ITA, RUS

Notes: If Errani and Vinci are victorious, they will join Flavia Pennetta ('11 Australian Open doubles), Raffaella Reggi ('86 US Open mixed doubles), Mara Santangelo ('07 French Open doubles) and Francesca Schiavone ('10 French Open singles) as the only Italian female Grand Slam champions.

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