Makarova and Vesnina cruise to Wimbledon women's doubles title

Sandy Mccarthy
July 16, 2017

Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo beat Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 13-11 to win the Wimbledon men's doubles title.

The match lasted 4 hours, 40 minutes, only 21 minutes shorter than the longest men's doubles final in history.

Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the Wimbledon women's doubles title for the first time on Saturday with a crushing 6-0, 6-0 victory over the pairing of Taiwan's Hao-Ching Chan and Romanian Monica Niculescu.

They also won their 10th doubles title together, the second one this year after 2017 Dubai, and it is definitely one of the most important ones.

A close affair might have meant the match being halted and the outcome hanging in the balance overnight.

The last 20 minutes of the men's final was played under a closed roof because of darkness.

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The whitewash was the first in the women's doubles final in 64 years.

With the win, Melo will return to the No. 1 ranking in men's doubles.

"After the first set, I looked at the clock".

Kubot and Melo had already spurned two match points at 6-5 in the final set but after re-emerging from the roof delay they won eight out of the next nine points to seal victory.

The pair previously won the Olympic gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2013 French Open as well the US Open in 2014, among other awards.

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