Russian fourth seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the French Open women's doubles title on Sunday by defeating top seeds Sara Errani amd Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-5, 6-2 in the final It was a first Grand Slam title for the Russian pair and it was the first time they had beaten the Italians in five attempts, their last encounter being a semi-final loss at the Australian Open in January.
Errani and Vinci have been the dominant women's doubles team in the world over the last year, winning the French Open and US Open in 2012 and also the Australian Open this year. The fourth-seed Russian pair, beaten by Errani and Vinci in the Australian Open semi-finals this year, clinched four games in succession in the second set, wrapping it up with a Vesnina overhead. "Honestly, for us it's a surprise that we didn't drop a set for the whole tournament, because it was a really difficult tournament," Vesnina told a news conference. The result marked the Russian pair's first victory against Vinci and Errani in five meetings.
"We really wanted to beat them finally, because it's really difficult to play against the same team and losing all the time," said Vesnina. "For us it was a turning point this time. We were not thinking it was a final or a grand slam, we were just thinking that we have to beat them and we have to keep playing our game, not changing anything and believing in ourself."