TORONTO, Canada - Defending champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina returned to the final at the Rogers Cup on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Anastasia Rodionova and Nadiia Kichenok, and made a big move in the Porsche Race to Singapore in the process.
With the win, the Russians will sit atop the standings in the Porsche Race to Singapore on Monday. They displace Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-jan, winners of five WTA titles this season, who lost in the quarterfinals in Toronto to Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke.
The top seeds won the last nine games of the match, which was interrupted several times due to rain - and moved from Centre Court to Grandstand over the course of the match.
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"It was not easy to be on and off the court all the time - the weather is crazy this week in Toronto!" Vesnina said. "We started warming up on Centre Court and finished on Grandstand. We had a similar situation in the Dubai final this year - they stopped our match like nine times! - so we were ready."
After falling behind a break in the seventh game of the opening set on a deciding point, the Russian duo responded with a break of their own on a second straight deciding point, and hardly looked back from there over the course of the match.
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Makarova and Vesnina are looking to win their third title of the season, after raising the trophy in Dubai in addition to the All-England Club, and also finished runner-up in Brisbane and Rome.
In their second straight final on Canadian soil, the Russians will face No.8 seeds Kveta Peschke and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who defeated Olympic bronze medalists and No.3 seeds Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, 6-1, 7-5 after the Czech duo served for the second set.
Safarova and Strycova won their quarterfinal match, which was postponed due to rain, against Jelena Ostapenko and Gabriela Dabrowski earlier on Saturday.
The teams faced off in the final four of Makarova and Vesnina's title run at the All-England Club, with the Russians winning, 7-5, 6-2.
"They're a very tough team," Makarova said of their final opponents. "Groenefeld and Peschke, they're playing very good now. We played them in the semifinals at Wimbledon, and they beat Hingis yesterday.
"We're looking forward, and we will try to play our aggressive game again and we'll see what happens tomorrow."