Charleston Gallery: The Doubles Final
Two of the best doubles players in the world joined forces at the Family Circle Cup and did very, very well - but an unseeded, unheralded team had just enough fight to beat them to the title.
Published April 15, 2013 12:00
The fans in Charleston appreciate doubles as much as anyone, and they were in for a treat...
No.1 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Liezel Huber took on Kristina Mladenovic and Lucie Safarova.
Hlavackova was the highest-ranked doubles player on the court, weighing in at No.4 in the world.
Hlavackova usually plays with Lucie Hradecka but her fellow Czech was nursing a back injury.
Hlavackova and Huber came out firing, building a 3-1 lead in the first set - but not so fast...
Hlavackova and Huber would drop the first set, 6-3. They would get five set points in the second.
But Mladenovic and Safarova fought all five of those set points off to close it out, 63 76(6).
Huber may not have been the highest-ranked doubles player at the time, but she is a former No.1.
So Mladenovic and Safarova's victory was a big one, having been big underdogs in the final.
It was the duo's first WTA doubles title together - Safarova's second overall, Mladenovic's fourth.
And there was a special ending - the first public appearance of Huber's son, Joshua Jacob Huber.
Huber has won the Family Circle Cup doubles title before, alongside Nadia Petrova in 2010.