2014/04/24

Top Seeds Errani and Vinci Claim Australian Open Women’s Doubles Title

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By Jaclyn Stacey

(January 25, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK,  Australia – Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci took out the Australian Open Women’s Doubles title on Friday, overcoming a spirited fightback from the local team of Casey Dellacqua and 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in one hour and 42 minutes.

 

Dellacqua and Barty were surprise finalists and were the first Australian pairing to reach the final since Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Helen Gourlay won the title in 1977.

 

In an exciting battle on Rod Laver Arena watched over by tennis legend Margaret Court the Italian top seeds raced to a commanding lead in the match, claiming the first set 6-2 in just 29 minutes.

 

The Australian pair dug deep in the second set to break the top seeds in the eighth game with Vinci serving and closed out the set 6-3 to give themselves a chance in the decider.

 

Errani and Vinci took control in the final set, claiming breaks in the sixth game and on championship point to become the first Italian pairing to win the Australian Open title. Italian Flavia Pennetta won with Argentine Gisela Dulko in 2011.

 

“In the third set we started to get nervous,” Vinci said post match. “However, today we’ve proven we’re a really strong doubles team.

 

“Our strength is that we always play together. We went out there today with lots of grit, and we really wanted to win.”

 

In the mixed doubles competition, the Australian team of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matt Ebden progressed through to the final after defeating the Kazakh and Uzbekh pairing of Yaroslava Shvedova and Denis Istomin in two tough sets 7-5, 7-6(5).

 

The Australians will play Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak in the final on Sunday after the pair overcame Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski in a super tiebreak 10-7.

 

The men’s doubles final will be contested on Saturday after the women’s singles final with top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan squaring off against the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling.

 

Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.

 

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Day 11 2013 Australian Open Doubles Update

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By Jaclyn Stacey

 

(January 24, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – On semifinal day for the men’s doubles top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan won through to their ninth Australian Open final after defeating the Italian pairing of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in three sets.

 

Considered the greatest doubles team of all time, the Bryan brothers will be vying for their sixth Australian Open title and will compete against the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling in the final. The dutchmen knocked out the third seeds in Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in a tough straight sets encounter.

 

The semifinal lineup for the mixed doubles competition was also completed on Thursday. The pairings of Kveta Peschke/Marcin Matkowski and Yaroslava Shvedova/Denis Istomin had progressed through to the semifinals on Wednesday and they will play the pairings of Lucie Hradecka/Frantisek Cermak and Jarmila Gajdosova/Matt Ebden respectively.

 

The women’s doubles final will take place on Friday before the Roger Federer versus Andy Murray semifinal clash and will see the surprise Australian pairing of Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty take on the top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

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Australian Open Doubles Update Day 10

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By Jaclyn Stacey

 

( January 23, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – While the men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals have enthralled viewers of the Australian Open on day ten, on the outdoor courts the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles have been heading to the pointy end of their respective tournaments.

 

The number one seeded women’s doubles pairing of Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won in straight sets over the fourth seeded Russian pairing of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-4 and progressed through to the final to be held on Friday afternoon.

 

The top seeds will face the unseeded Aussie duo of Casey Dellacqua and 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty in the final after they defeated the pairing of Varvara Lepchenko and Saisai Zheng 6-2 6-4 late on Wednesday night. The Australians have been a surprise package at the tournament so far and have received great support from the local crowds.

 

The men’s doubles competed at the quarterfinal stage of the draw on Wednesday with top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan advancing to the semifinals with a straight sets over Daniele Bracciali and Lukas Dlouhy. They will play the Italian pairing of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini for a place in the final.

 

Third seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez defeated the unseeded pairing of Tomaz Bellucci and Benoit Paire 6-3 6-1 and will play the dutch duo of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling in the semifinals after the pair defeated Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco in a tough two sets.

 

In the mixed doubles competition Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski defeated Su-Wei Hsieh and Rohan Bopanna to progress through to the semifinals and will play the winner of the quarterfinal between Sania Mirza/Bob Bryan and Lucie Hradecka/Frantisek Cermak.

 

Yaroslava Shvedova and Denis Istomin also advanced to the semifinals and they will meet the winner of the match between fifth seeds Nadia Petrova/Mahesh Bhupathi and Australians Jarmila Gajdosova/Matt Ebden.

 

Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.

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