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Errani & Vinci Re-Conquer Oz

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci battled back from 5-2 down in the third set to beat Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, defend their Australian Open title and stay co-World No.1s in doubles.

Published January 24, 2014 12:15

Errani & Vinci Re-Conquer Oz
Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani

MELBOURNE, Australia - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci edged Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina to not only keep the Australian Open in their pockets, but the co-World No.1 ranking too.

Makarova and Vesnina had beaten Errani and Vinci in their last two meetings and after splitting sets this time it looked headed the exact same way, as they stormed out to a 5-2 third set lead. But the No.1-seeded Italians never gave up, hiking up the aggression and reeling off five games in a row for a 64 36 75 victory, blasting a passing shot winner - their 29th winner of the match - on match point.

"It was very strange, very difficult," Errani said of the third set turnaround. "We went from 2-0 up in the third set to 5-2 down in the third set, and we weren't really playing very well at that time.

"But from there we knew we had to keep going and we were able to make it."

Errani and Vinci won their fourth Grand Slam doubles title together, having already conquered the French and US Opens in 2012 and the Aussie Open in 2013. In addition to that they will also keep their co-World No.1 doubles rankings now - if the Russians won, Vesnina would have ascended to No.1.

It was also Errani and Vinci's 17th overall WTA doubles title together. They won two in 2010 (Marbella and Barcelona), three in 2011 (Hobart, Pattaya City and Palermo), eight in 2012 (Monterrey, Acapulco, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid, Roland Garros, 's-Hertogenbosch and the US Open), three in 2013 (Australian Open, Paris [Indoors] and Palermo) and now one in 2014 (Australian Open). There's one more milestone - they each now have 20 WTA doubles titles each, including titles with other partners.

The victory was a happy ending to a fortnight that didn't start so well for them - Errani and Vinci both fell first round in singles, Errani ousted by Julia Goerges and Vinci by Zheng Jie. They were both projected to make the fourth round in the individual discipline, both earning Top 16 seeds.

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