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Sania, Elena win Indian Wells title

By The Assam Tribune

Indian Wells (California), March 20 (IANS): India�s Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina have won the women�s doubles title at the 2011 BNP Paribas Tennis Open here, defeating eighth-seeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-0, 7-5.

Sania and Vesnina took the first set Saturday in just 24 minutes before the Americans jumped to a quick 3-0 lead in the second.

Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy broke for a second time to go 5-1 up, but the Indian-Russian duo roared back to reel off six games to take the title without dropping a set in the entire tournament. Sania and Vesnina have become the fourth straight unseeded pair to win the title here. Vesnina and Russian Dinara Safina won here unseeded in 2008.

The other two unseeded pairs to win were Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva in 2009 and Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik last year.

Sania has now won 10 doubles titles and Vesnina four. They were teaming up for just the third time in tour-level competition, reaching the quarter-finals at Dubai and Doha before claiming their first title together here.

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Sania, Elena win Indian Wells title

Indian Wells (California), March 20 (IANS): India�s Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina have won the women�s doubles title at the 2011 BNP Paribas Tennis Open here, defeating eighth-seeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-0, 7-5.

Sania and Vesnina took the first set Saturday in just 24 minutes before the Americans jumped to a quick 3-0 lead in the second.

Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy broke for a second time to go 5-1 up, but the Indian-Russian duo roared back to reel off six games to take the title without dropping a set in the entire tournament. Sania and Vesnina have become the fourth straight unseeded pair to win the title here. Vesnina and Russian Dinara Safina won here unseeded in 2008.

The other two unseeded pairs to win were Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva in 2009 and Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik last year.

Sania has now won 10 doubles titles and Vesnina four. They were teaming up for just the third time in tour-level competition, reaching the quarter-finals at Dubai and Doha before claiming their first title together here.