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MAKAROVA & VESNINA SECURE BERTH

Third duo to book Finals spot

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina's US Open triumph has secured them a place in Singapore and the chance to improve on last year's runner-up finish.

Last year, Makarova and Vesnina fell in the final of the WTA Finals to Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, which makes it fitting that they're now qualifying for the WTA's crown jewel event on the very same day as the hard-hitting Asian duo - could it be a sign that they're destined for that redemption?

"Reaching the WTA Finals was a very big goal for us this year," Makarova said of Wednesday's announcement. "We were able to qualify last year and we really love the atmosphere at the WTA Finals. We really wanted to qualify to play in Singapore at a great new destination and new venue."

"It's exciting to have the Top 8 teams competing to reach the WTA Finals this year," Vesnina said. "We were fortunate to be able to qualify last year. This year, it's great to have a new expanded field. It's great for the fans to see the best of the best competing at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

"We really want to do our best."

The highlight of Makarova and Vesnina's season was winning the US Open title, scoring a pair of massive wins along the way - they beat the Williams sisters in the quarterfinals and Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta, both former World No.1 doubles players, in a thrilling three set championship match.

It was their second Grand Slam doubles title together - they also won the French Open last year. No other all-Russian duo has won more than one Grand Slam doubles title - in fact only Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva have even won one, doing it at the Australian Open back in 2012.

Makarova and Vesnina reached two other WTA doubles finals this year, first at the Australian Open (falling to Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci) then at Miami (falling to Hingis and Sabine Lisicki).




 

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