Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - The world No. 1 doubles team of
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci secured their second straight Australian Open
title on Friday with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win over Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and
The third-seeded Russian duo pushed the top-seeded Italians to the brink, as
Makarova and Vesnina held a 5-2 lead in the third and final set.
However, Errani and Vinci battled back, winning the game's final five points
to become the first team to defend their Aussie Open title since Serena and
Venus Williams turned the trick in 2010.
The tough Italian duo secured their fourth Grand Slam doubles title, while
Makarova and Vesnina were looking for their second Grand Slam crown after
downing Errani and Vinci in last year's French Open doubles final.
Errani and Vinci will split $458,000 for winning the Aussie Open.
The Sports Network