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Black Wins Comeback Tournament

In her first WTA event since becoming a mom last year, former doubles World No.1 Cara Black won the ASB Classic alongside Anastasia Rodionova. And her son joined in the celebration.

Published January 05, 2013 12:00

Black Wins Comeback Tournament
Cara Black, Lachlan, Anastasia Rodionova

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Earlier in the week she talked about "giving it a go" - maybe winning her first WTA tournament since becoming a mom last year seemed far away. But Cara Black ended up achieving that feat this week, capturing the ASB Classic doubles title with Anastasia Rodionova.

The doubles draw in Auckland had a slew of strong teams to watch out for, including huge-hitting No.1 seeds Julia Goerges and Yaroslava Shvedova and No.2 seeds Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson, who won two WTA titles together in 2012. But Black and Rodionova took them both out, Erakovic and Watson in the quarterfinals and Goerges and Shvedova in the final; and they even sandwiched an upset of the No.3 seeds, Liga Dekmeijere and Megan Moulton-Levy, in between those ones in the semifinals.

While Rodionova won her fifth WTA doubles title, Black now has an amazing 55 WTA doubles titles to her name, tying Wendy Turnbull for 13th-most doubles titles in WTA history:

1: 177 - Martina Navratilova
2: 112 - Rosie Casals
3: 106 - Pam Shriver
4: 101 - Billie Jean King
5: 80 - Natasha Zvereva
6: 79 - Lisa Raymond
7: 76 - Jana Novotna
8: 69 - Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario
9: 68 - Gigi Fernández
9: 68 - Helena Sukova
11: 66 - Larisa Neiland
12: 60 - Rennae Stubbs
13: 55 - Cara Black
13: 55 - Wendy Turnbull
15: 53 - Liezel Huber

Read more about Black's time off from the WTA, as well as her son, Lachlan Alexander Stephens, in the wtatennis.com feature Welcome Back, Cara Black (click here to read it!)

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