Petrova & Srebotnik Gathering Steam
Published June 22, 2013 12:00
The No.1 seeds, Petrova and Srebotnik were never really threatened throughout the week, dropping the first set of their first round match against Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson - or Robmond - but then storming back to win it comfortably in a match tie-break, 46 64 105. They didn't drop a set the rest of the way, including a 63 63 win over Monica Niculescu and Klara Zakopalova in Saturday's final.
"It's actually a great feeling to win this title, because the week has been quite challenging with all the rain and weather conditions," Petrova said. "The last two matches we had to play with a very strong wind, but we stayed calm and were very patient. And we have a good game for the grass - we complement each other very well. Winning this title is a really good preparation for Wimbledon."
"We're very relieved, first of all to come out with a title, but second of all to just finish the match today," Srebotnik said. "It's not easy to wait through the rain all day, and this extreme wind is very difficult - I can't remember any times I've played where it was this windy. But like Nadia said we kept calm.
"It's tough for everyone, so we just took the best we could out of each other."
Petrova and Srebotnik now have three Premier-level titles together this year, having already won in Sydney and Miami. They have four overall, having conquered Moscow together back in 2008. Petrova now has 24 WTA doubles titles to her name, while Srebotnik now has 33 WTA doubles titles.
Especially given the Williams sisters will not be competing in the team discipline this year, Petrova and Srebotnik are one of the heavy favorites to take the ladies' doubles title at Wimbledon - and they have a ringer on their team, too, as Srebotnik won that title alongside Kveta Peschke two years back.
"When I won Wimbledon two years ago, Kveta and I won here in Eastbourne first, then we won there," Srebotnik said. "I would have absolutely nothing against it if we were to repeat that scenario!"
"Winning Wimbledon would be nice," Petrova said. "I don't have a Grand Slam title yet, but Kata has won there, and I have a medal there. But I would like to add a Grand Slam title to my collection."
Petrova and Srebotnik are the No.3 seeds at Wimbledon and face Spaniards Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Garbiñe Muguruza first round. The only teams ahead of them in the seedings are Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci and Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.