Spaniards Dominate Acapulco Doubles
Published March 04, 2013 05:31
Domínguez Lino and Parra Santonja picked up their first WTA title as a team at Acapulco in 2007. They were runners-up in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Then in their first event since their run to the final in Acapulco a year ago, they were victorious without surrendering a set - the first of their three WTA titles in which they have accomplished that feat.
Domínguez Lino and Parra Santonja are the fifth all-Spanish team and the fourth in the last seven years to triumph at Acapulco:
2001: Martínez Sánchez/Medina Garrigues
2007: Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja
2008: Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez
2009: Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez
2013: Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja
The doubles champions in Kuala Lumpur had a much tougher road. Japanese-Taiwanese duo Shuko Aoyama and Chang Kai-Chen needed three match tie-breaks, each of which were decided by two points - to secure the BMW Malaysian Open title.
In fact, their 67(4) 76(4) 1412 defeat of Janette Husarova and Zhang Shuai in the final - which included staving off a match point in the second set - featured the longest match tie-break in terms of number of points in a WTA doubles final since match tie-breaks were introduced in lieu of a third set in 2007.
Aoyama and Chang are now 9-1 in WTA play, as they won Washington DC last August and reached the quarters in Guangzhou in September in their only other WTA events.
Chang was also victorious in Kuala Lumpur last year alongside Chuang Chia-Jung. In three of Kuala Lumpur's four years, at least one of the doubles winners was Taiwanese.
Finally, at last week's inaugural WTA Brasil Tennis Cup, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova netted their first WTA title as a pair. In their only previous outing, they were runners-up at Charleston last April.
Florianopolis was Medina Garrigues' 19th WTA doubles title and Shvedova's seventh.