CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova endured first set challenges from the weather and from opponents Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan on Sunday en route to winning the Family Circle Cup doubles title.
In a 57-minute first set against the Taiwanese sisters, Spanish-Kazakhstani duo Medina Garrigues and Shvedova overcame a set point at 5-4, deuce and eventually won it in a tie-break. Then, down 2-0 in the second set, they reeled off six straight games for the 76(4) 62 triumph.
"We were told it was going to rain, and if we stopped, we would have to come back on another court," Shvedova said. "So we were happy to stay on the center court, even though it was raining in the beginning. I think the whole set it was drizzling, but we didn't complain. We had to finish because I have a flight to catch later today!"
Medina Garrigues and Shvedova improved to 3-1 in WTA finals, having been runners-up at Charleston in their debut together in 2012 and having won Florianopolis in 2013 and 2014. This was Medina Garrigues' 23rd WTA doubles title and Shvedova's 10th.
"We have been trying to play all year together, and we feel like every tournament we've played, we've improved," Medina Garrigues said. "In Australia we didn't play so well, but we kept going. In Indian Wells we won one round. In Miami we had match points in the quarterfinals, and lost. And here we won the tournament. We are seeing that we are improving, so we are very happy.
"We are good friends. We always have fun and communicate very well. We try to get the best things out of our matches and improve for the next matches. We will keep on working, and hopefully in the coming tournaments we'll get better and better."
The Chans fell to 1-2 in WTA finals, with their victory coming at Shenzhen in 2013.
In just their second event as a duo, Jurak and Moulton-Levy were victorious in three match tie-breaks this week en route to the first WTA doubles title for both players.