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Friday January 28, 2011


Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko win the Women Double Championship at the Australian Open 2011 over Maria Kirilenko and Victoria Azarenka

By LadyDragon

Australian Open 2011

MELBOURNE, Australia--( and Gisela win in 3 set 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 at the Australian Open 2011


HEAD TO HEAD: Series tied 1-1




career doubles record as a team: 78-19

Born: January 30, 1985 (25; turns 26 on Sunday) Born: February 25, 1982 (28)

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina Birthplace: Brindisi, Italy

Resides: Buenos Aires, Argentina Resides: Verbier, Switzerland

- Dulko/ Pennetta are playing their first Grand Slam doubles final as a team. Their best previous GS result as a team is a SF finish at 2010Wimbledon; they reached QF at the othermajors in 2010

- Individually, Pennetta’s best GS doubles result was as runner-up at 2005 US Open (w/Dementieva, l. Raymond/Stosur), Dulko has posted her best Grand Slam doubles results with Pennetta

- Dulko/Pennetta first teamed up in 2006, winning their first event at Bogota; in 2009, they played 5 events alongside each other, with titles at Hobart and Bastad and runner-up finishes at Bogota and Stuttgart

- In 2010, Dulko/Pennetta were the leading doubles team, winning 7 titles (Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, Bastad, Montreal, Moscow, Doha) and finishing runners-up twice (Madrid, Beijing); including a 17-match winning streak

- Dulko and Pennetta rose to No.1 and No.2 respectively in the WTA doubles rankings after the WTA Championships- Doha on November 1, 2010, and will remain in those positions after today, win or lose

- In addition to the 10 WTA doubles titles she has won with Pennetta, Dulko has won 6 more doubles titles with 6 different partners; Pennetta has won 13 WTA doubles titles with 4 partners: 10 titles w/Dulko; also won titles with Dementieva (2005 Los Angeles), Kirilenko (2008 Estoril) and Errani (2009 ‘s-Hertogenbosch)

- The last Argentine woman to win a Grand Slam title was Paola Suarez, who won the last of her 8 doubles titles at 2005 Roland Garros (w/Ruano Pascual)

- Pennetta is the first Italian ever to reach a final in any of the five main events at the Australian Open

- This is their second tournament of the year, they fell 1r at Sydney (as No.1 seeds, l. Jans/Rosolska)

- In 2011 Australian Open singles draw, Pennetta reached the 4r (l. Kvitova); Dulko fell in 1r (l. Wozniacki)


career doubles record as a team: 16-3

Born: July 31, 1989 (21) Born: January 25, 1987 (24)

Birthplace:Minsk, Belarus Birthplace:Moscow, Russia

Resides: Scottsdale, AZ, USA Resides:Moscow, Russia

- Azarenka/Kirilenko are playing their first Grand Slam tournament together

- Azarenka is a two-time Grand Slam doubles finalist at 2008 Australian Open (w/Peer, l. A.Bondarenko/K.Bondarenko) and 2009 Roland Garros (w/Vesnina, l. Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual)

- Kirilenko’s best Grand Slam doubles result is SF at 2010 Australian Open (w/A.Radwanska)

- This is only the 6th time Azarenka and Kirilenko have played doubles together; they first played at 2007 New Haven (reaching QF), then teamed up for 3 events in 2010 (winning Cincinnati, and reaching SF at Stanford and Moscow)

- Azarenka/Kirilenko played at Sydney 2 weeks ago, reaching QF before withdrawing due to injury (Azarenka, low back)

- Today is Azarenka’s 13th career doubles final; she has a 4-8 win-loss record; hermost recent title came at 2010 Cincinnati (w/Kirilenko)

- This is Kirilenko’s 17th career doubles final; she has a 8-8 win-loss record; her most recent title came at 2010 San Diego (w/Zheng); she celebrated her 24th birthday on Tuesday

- Kirilenko is also through to mixed doubles SF w/Nenad Zimonic; they are the No.3 seeds

- In 2011 Australian Open singles draw, Azarenka reached the 4r (l. Li Na); Kirilenko fell in 2r (l. Benesova)

Maria and Victoria serving first and both teams are on serve until 2-1. Maria and Victoria got a break point but failed to convert. 2 all. Down 0-30 they come back and to win the game with the help of Maria first ace of the match for either team 3-2. Flavia and Gisela were down 15-40, manage to save 1 point but they get broken 4-2.

That was a long funny game, they go down to 15-40, they come back to deuce a smach from Maria was chase down so far by Flavia that she trips over a sign, she is ok she is actually smiles after this, finally on the game point Victoria prepares to serve then she realize she has no ball left in her pocket 5-2 . Maria and Victoria breaks to Love to win to first set 6-2 in 34 minutes.

Maria and Victoria the better of the 2 teams so far witn 8/5 winners and only 2/2 errors with 1 ace by Maria.

Maria serving to start the second set, a great volley by Flavia allows them to get a break point and a long ball by Victoria gives the game to Flavia and Gisela. First time of the match they get broken 1-0. Long game but Maria and Victoria manage to break back right away 1all. Victoria serves her second ace to help them win the game 2-1. Maria and Victoria continue to beak and win game to give them a 4-1 lead. Flavia serves and holds to help her team 4-2.

Victoria serving but Gisela 3 great shots gets the break for her team 4-3. A 24 strokes rally ends with a great shot from Maria that hit the net and falls in to get the point then a double fault from Gisela but 3 errors in a row from Victoris gives the game to them 4 all. Victoria so angry with her performance kicks something in the back and we hear a loud boom. Maria serving a great game they hold to Love.

Flavia serve to stay in the match and she holds 5 all. An other error from Victoria gives the game to them 6-5. After being down 4-1 fought back to actually win the second set 7-5 in 62 minutes.

Maria serving and holds to 30 1-0 and from that point nothing went well, they go on and losses all the games. Flavia and Gisela wins the set 6-1 and the match.




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