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Tennis: Italian pair fight back to seal doubles title

Italy's Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci successfully defended their Australian Open women's doubles title Friday, staging a stunning comeback to down Russian fifth seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. The Russians were up 5-2 in the third and deciding set and and twice served for the championship, but they couldn't find the killer touch and lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Errani and Vinci, the top seeds, were in their third straight Australian final and the win was their fourth Grand Slam crown, following Roland Garros and the US Open in 2012 and Australia last year.

Serena doles out double bagel to reach semi-finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Defending champion Serena Williams walloped Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-0 to race into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday. Top seed Williams served up the dreaded "double-bagel" in a blazing 52 minutes to set up a clash with fifth seed Li Na, who earlier became China's first U.S. Open semi-finalist by beating Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Li clears another grand slam barrier for China

By Julian Linden NEW YORK (Reuters) - Li Na became the first Chinese player to reach the semi-finals of a U.S. Open when she beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Li, seeded fifth at Flushing Meadows, reeled off the last four games to seal victory after nearly two-and-a-half hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium, raising both fists in the air as the New York crowd roared its approval.

Tennis: China's Li advances to US Open semi-finals

Chinese fifth seed Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion, advanced to the US Open semi-finals for the first time Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 victory over Russian 24th seed Ekaterina Makarova. Li reached a final-four showdown against the winner of a later match between 16-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and Spanish 18th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who has never won a title. js/dj

Tennis: Wozniacki advances, Errani upset at New Haven Open

Fourth seeded Caroline Wozniacki eased into the quarter-finals Wednesday while top seeded Sara Errani crashed out of the WTA Tour New Haven Open, the final tune-up for the US Open. Czech Petra Kvitova, who is seeded third, also booked her spot in the quarter-finals of the $690,000 hardcourt tournament. Four-time champion Wozniacki beat Italian qualifier Karin Knapp 6-1, 7-5 while 2012 French Open runner-up Errani was stunned by Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University.

Top seed Errani upset in final WTA event before U.S. Open

(Reuters) - Sara Errani's U.S. Open preparations were jolted on Wednesday when the top-seeded Italian was upset by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 7-5 6-1 in the second round of the New Haven Open. World number five Errani double-faulted five times while her 26th-ranked opponent unleashed eight aces and won seven consecutive games on the way to victory in one hour 22 minutes.

Tennis: Windswept Vesnina sails to Eastbourne title

Elena Vesnina mastered testing, windy conditions on Saturday to win the second title of her career with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Jamie Hampton at the Eastbourne International. The men's title was to be decided later, with French second seed Gilles Simon playing Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Vesnina will move up to 22nd in the world as a result of her success, with Hampton rising to a career-best 25th. The Russian was adding to her breakthrough triumph in Hobart, Tasmania, the week before the Australian Open.

Vesnina rides the wind to win her second title

(Reuters) - Strong winds played havoc with her skirt and brought her a warning for time-wasting but Elena Vesnina rose above the problems to win her second WTA Tour title on the grass of Eastbourne on Saturday, beating American qualifier Jamie Hampton 6-2 6-1. The Devonshire Park courts at the southern English seaside resort, always known for windy conditions, proved especially tricky for finals day and Vesnina was warned for taking too long to serve early in the second set as she tried to stop her skirt flapping.

Tennis: Makarova and Vesnina win French Open women's doubles

Russian fourth seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the French Open women's doubles title on Sunday by defeating top seeds Sara Errani amd Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-5, 6-2 in the final Russian fourth seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the French Open women's doubles title on Sunday by defeating top seeds Sara Errani amd Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-5, 6-2 in the final

Tennis: Makarova and Vesnina win French Open women's doubles

Russian fourth seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the French Open women's doubles title on Sunday by defeating top seeds Sara Errani amd Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-5, 6-2 in the final It was a first Grand Slam title for the Russian pair and it was the first time they had beaten the Italians in five attempts, their last encounter being a semi-final loss at the Australian Open in January. Errani and Vinci have been the dominant women's doubles team in the world over the last year, winning the French Open and US Open in 2012 and also the Australian Open this year.
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