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Garcia & Shvedova Win Taipei Too

Caroline Garcia and Yaroslava Shvedova won the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open doubles title. Why did it take so long for them to join forces? How well did the young Garcia play? Keep reading...

Published November 10, 2013 12:01

Garcia & Shvedova Win Taipei Too
Caroline Garcia, Yaroslava Shvedova

TAIPEI, Chinese Taipei - Caroline Garcia and Yaroslava Shvedova capped a fantastic first week by beating Anna-Lena Friedsam and Alison Van Uytvanck for the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open title.

They had some tough matches earlier in the week, including a narrow 63 36 119 match tie-break victory against Misaki Doi and Hsieh Shu-Ying in the quarterfinals - but at the end of the week Garcia and Shvedova were riding too much of a wave, ending it with a routine 63 63 victory in the final.

"I'm very happy because it's my last tournament of the year, and Caroline's as well, so it's nice to finish on a positive note," Shvedova said. "We played very well every match of the tournament, we actually played better and better and better with each match, so I'm happy we could win the title too."

"For me it's also good to finish the year with a victory, and it's my biggest title, so I'm very happy," Garcia said. "I had a great partner and we were fighting for everything to get this victory."

Conquering the WTA 125K Series event wasn't such a bad effort for a first-time pairing, either.

"In the beginning we were watching each other and trying to understand each other, and each match I felt like she was opening up more and more and we were starting to have more fun," Shvedova said. "We would joke around sometimes and cheer each other up, and that helps you be more aggressive - it was getting better and better and I enjoyed it all the way. I'd like to thank her for playing with me!"

"When you play with someone for the first time, even if you knew the person before, it's difficult to know the right things to say," Garcia said. "We kept improving throughout the week, which was important because our opponents were getting stronger and stronger. I think we had a lot of fun along the way."

It was a pairing that took a while to materialize. After all, Shvedova is one of the most decorated and in-demand doubles players around, with eight WTA doubles titles to her name - including Grand Slam titles with Vania King at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010. Garcia, though one of the WTA's most promising rising stars, had never won a title above the ITF Circuit level, singles or doubles.

"I felt like I had to book her one year before!" Garcia joked.

"She was always asking me if we could play together but I always had a partner," Shvedova said. "But I was coming here and had this week open, so I got in touch with her and said we should try to play."

It turned out to be a great match. "For me, the most important thing in a partner is to be a nice person," Shvedova commented. "If you have fun and communicate well and everything, you play better.

"Plus, Caroline is also a good player - aggressive, hitting hard, moving well, doing everything well, basically. She played better than me in a lot of ways. I was really happy to have her on my side!"

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