Wimbledon: Ekaterina Makarova - Elena Vesnina cruise to women’s doubles title
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, the second seed Russian pair, won their maiden Wimbledon women’s doubles title with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Taiwan’s Hao-Ching Chan and Romanian Monica Niculescu.tennis Updated: Jul 16, 2017 08:09 IST
Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title for the first time on Saturday with a crushing 6-0 6-0 victory over the pairing of Taiwan’s Hao-Ching Chan and Romanian Monica Niculescu.
The second-seeded Russian pair have now won three of the grand slam events in doubles following their triumph at the French Open in 2013 and the U.S. Open a year later.
The final lasted 54 minutes and the Russians, runners-up at the All England Club in 2015, had to save just two break points in the entire match against the pairing playing in their first season together.
The top-seeded duo of American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova had to withdraw before the second round after Mattek-Sands suffered a severe injury in a singles match.
Kubot, Melo win marathon men’s doubles final
Fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo clinched the Wimbledon men’s doubles title on Saturday with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 13-11 win over Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.
The final lasted a marathon 4 hours 41 minutes and was only the fourth Wimbledon men’s doubles final to go to five sets in the last 20 years.
The final set was the longest since 1992 when John McEnroe and Michael Stich defeated Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg 19-17 in the decider.
That final was also the longest men’s doubles championship match at Wimbledon lasting 5 hours 1 minute.
For Poland’s Kubot, it was a second Grand Slam doubles title to add to his 2014 Australian Open victory with Robert Lindstedt.
Melo won his only other Slam in 2015 at Roland Garros with Ivan Dodig.
First Published: Jul 16, 2017 08:09 IST