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Dulko, Pennetta win Australian Open doubles title

 Italy's Flavia Pennetta, left,  embraces her partner Argentina's Gisela Dulko after winning their women's doubles final against Victoria Azarenka of ...
 Italy's Flavia Pennetta,right, runs to her partner Argentina's Gisela Dulko after winning their women's doubles final against Victoria Azarenka of Be...

Australian Open Tennis

Italy's Flavia Pennetta, left, embraces her partner Argentina's Gisela Dulko after winning their women's doubles final against Victoria Azarenka of ...

Australian Open Tennis

Italy's Flavia Pennetta,right, runs to her partner Argentina's Gisela Dulko after winning their women's doubles final against Victoria Azarenka of Be...

The top-ranked team of Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Italian Flavia Pennetta rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 for the Australian Open women's doubles title Friday.
It was the first Grand Slam title for the Dulko-Pennetta combination, who made it to the quarterfinals at all the Grand Slams last year and the Wimbledon semifinals.
Dulko and Pennetta, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 among doubles players, were already up a break in the deciding set at 3-1 when they broke again when Kirilenko netted a backhand.
They held in their next service game, then broke Azaranka and Kirilenko again to close out the match.
Dulko and Pennetta won seven doubles titles last year, including a 17-match winning streak.
"Last year was a great year, this year we are starting really good," Pennetta said.
Azarenka and Kirilenko were playing their first Grand Slam tournament together. Azarenka, of Belarus, formerly was a two-time Grand Slam finalist, including last year at Melbourne Park with Shahar Peer.
Kirilenko's best previous doubles result was a semifinal at last year's Australian Open with Agnieszka Radwanksa.


Updated : 2021-10-27 06:34 GMT+08:00