04 Jun 2011

Doubles champions crowned at Roland Garros

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Photo: Susan MullaneAndres Artunedo Martinavarr & Roberto Carballes Baena (both ESP)

Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine picked up the girls’ doubles title at the French Open on Saturday while the all-Spanish partnership of Andres Artunedo Martinavarr and Roberto Carballes Baena won the boys’ doubles crown.

No 2 seeds Khromacheva and Zanevska came out on top in a tough battle with the unseeded combination of Victoria Kan of Russia and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands, saving a set point in the second set before clinching a 64 75 victory. It was the second grand slam title for Zanevska, who won the US Open doubles title in 2009 partnering Valeria Solovieva from Russia, while for Khromacheva it was a first taste of grand slam glory, having finished as runner-up in the doubles at Wimbledon last summer.

“For me it’s not the first time but of course it means a lot,” said Zarevska, who has been playing most of her tennis on the professional tour. “To win a grand slam is always good, no matter if it’s doubles, so it’s great feeling. It’s different to the first time because it’s a different grand slam.”

The victory also helped Khromacheva end the week in good spirits after her defeat in the semifinals of the girls’ singles. The left-hander admitted her focus was not as strong as it should have been early on but a quiet word from her partner helped lift her.

“I feel very good because it’s my first grand slam,” she said. “I’m really happy that we didn’t go to the super tiebreak. We were down 5-3 in the second set and they had a set point but Maryna made a good job there. In the difficult moments we were more like a team so that’s what I think was the biggest key today to win the match. Yesterday I was a little worried after I lost my singles, it was a little bad luck 75 in the third. In the doubles, in the first set I was a little bit down but Maryna said, ‘come on, you can do it’. She picked me up and I thought we could win. We practised together already for four years so we know each other. It’s a good experience and I am glad she decided to come to Roland Garros."

Fourth seeds Artunedo Martinavarr and Carballes Baena did need a super tie-break to win their final as they edged out the unseeded American pairing of Mitchell Kreuger and Shane Vinsant 75 67 105. The momentum was with the Americans as they broke back in the second set, coming back from 3-5 down in the second set after an injury time out of Artunedo Martinavarr who hurt his left wrist. But the Spanish pair lifted their game again to take the second set in the tie-break and also took the deciding match tie-break 105 and won their first grand slam title.

“We are very happy because we played very well today and all through the tournament,” Artunedo Martinavarr said. “I hope to play with him in Wimbledon and I think we can do well there. It was the first time we had played together at a grand slam - we played one tournament last year, in the junior European Championship and we lost in the final, so it was a very good result."

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