SINGAPORE - Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova were in high spirits as they reflected on their win over Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, which made them the doubles champions at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
"We were coming here so motivated to have this trophy," Makarova admitted in their post-match press conference. "We came so early, because two years ago we came quite late - we had just two days for practice."
"Not enough," Vesnina interjected.
"Yeah, we came one week before [this year's tournament began], and were ready, and really wanted this trophy," Makarova continued. "We're so happy that we did it today."
They were quick to pay tribute to their vanquished opponents, and the role they played in making the match such a special occasion.
"We [have] always had tough matches against Lucie and Bethanie," Vesnina said. "We know that it has to be [a] good match from us and we have to... up our level of the game, because otherwise we won't beat them. It was really good quality tennis today in the final."
Vesnina and Makarova's win meant that Sania Mirza finishes the year as Doubles World No.1. The champions wondered whether she might want to thank them for their part in her ranking - or whether she was still smarting from her semifinal loss.
"Congrats to Sania, by the way," Vesnina said with a smile. "She should give us some gift, I think. We still beat her in the semifinal so she's upset."
The new champions were also keen to talk about why they think their partnership works - despite the two players being polar opposites.
"We are different a little bit, but I think that [the partnership] is working because we are different," Makarova suggested. "Yeah, I'm more quiet and Lena is more -
"I'm talking all the time!" interrupted Vesnina, and her partner agreed. "She's lefty; I'm a right-hander. Left-handed people, you know that they're thinking with a different part of the brain and I'm thinking with a different [part of mine]. So that's why we're different, but we are still together."
"Yes - but we are still good to each other," Makarova added.
Unsurprisingly, the pair are planning a break between Christmas and New Year - but are expecting that they will reunite in January to begin their 2017 campaign.
"For sure we will play Australian Open together, yeah; maybe the tournament before," Makarova confirmed.
"Now we want to enjoy this moment. We want to have a holiday. She goes to Zhuhai, so her season is not finished yet. We wish you will all big good luck there -same way as here.
"Then definitely, yeah, we will be ready for Australia."