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Makarova and Vesnina cruise to women's doubles title
July 15, 2017 / 9:55 PM / 2 months ago

Makarova and Vesnina cruise to women's doubles title

Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Russia’s Elena Vesnina pose as they celebrate with their trophies after winning the women's doubles final against Taiwan’s Hao-Ching Chan and Romania’s Monica Niculescu REUTERS/Matthew Childs

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by Rex Gowar

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