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Makarova & Vesnina Take Doubles Crown

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina edged Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik for the BNP Paribas Open doubles crown. It is their third Premier-level doubles title in the last six months.

Published March 16, 2013 12:00

Makarova & Vesnina Take Doubles Crown
Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina overcame a spirited fightback from Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik to take the BNP Paribas Open doubles title Saturday.

The No.4-seeded Makarova and Vesnina threw down a love set in the first set, but the momentum would shift straight afterwards, as the No.3-seeded Petrova and Srebotnik squeaked out the second set, 7-5, and built a 6-4 lead in the match tie-break; but Makarova and Vesnina regained control again just in time, running off the next six points in a row to complete a 90-minute, 60 57 106 victory.

"The first set was 6-0 but it didn't really feel easy - it was a really tough set and there were a lot of deciding points," Makarova said. "And it got much tougher after that - in the beginning of the second set we started losing a lot of those deciding points. Our opponents started playing much better."

"Even though we lost the second set, it was 4-1 for them, and I'm really glad we didn't just give it away," Vesnina said. "We were just trying to get back into the match as soon as we could and just kept fighting. When it was over we knew we had the tie-break coming, so we still had a chance to win.

"We were down there too but in a super tie-break you can win from every score - you could be down 9-2 and come back to win. It can go really fast sometimes. And we're so happy we could do that."

Makarova and Vesnina actually went to match tie-breaks in four of their five matches this tournament.

"We were lucky to win this tournament," Vesnina said. "We weren't healthy coming here - I'm telling you, it looked like we came from the war, we had tape all over our bodies. And we struggled in our matches too, in every match we were almost losing it. But things turned out really well in the end.

"It feels amazing - I really enjoy playing here in Indian Wells. I really love this place - the city, the courts, the player lounge, just everything. And I'm lucky to have such a good partner, too."

"Only with Elena have I had good results in doubles," Makarova said. "We won two WTA tournaments last year and did well in the Fed Cup too. We play very well together, obviously. I think it's because we have really good communication, and although we try our best, we don't put pressure on each other."

Makarova and Vesnina now have three WTA doubles titles together, having won Beijing and Moscow last fall. Makarova now has four WTA doubles titles, Vesnina nine - and Vesnina actually has three Indian Wells doubles titles now, having won in 2008 with Dinara Safina and 2011 with Sania Mirza.

Petrova and Srebotnik may not have come away with the title but they continued to put together one of the best 2013 seasons of any doubles team out there - they have one title at Sydney and three more finals at Doha, Dubai and now Indian Wells. All four of those are Premier-level tournaments.

The Top 2-seeded teams were both surprised in the second round last Saturday, No.1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci falling to Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, 62 63, and No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka falling to Vera Dushevina and Alexandra Panova, 64 76(4).

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