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Wimbledon joy for Makarova, Vesnina

Wimbledon joy for Makarova, Vesnina

LONDON, Jul 16: Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat the Wimbledon curfew with a resounding victory in the women’s doubles final. Following the men’s doubles title match that ran for a gruelling four hours and 40 minutes, it was quickfire fare in the last final of the day. Makarova won 6-0 6-0 against Taiwan’s Chan Hao-Ching and Romanian Monica Niculescu, under the Centre Court roof and lights in a match that did not get under way until 9.28pm. It was the first ‘double bagel’ in a Wimbledon mixed final since 1919 when Briton Randolph Lycett and American Elizabeth Ryan inflicted the punishment on British players Albert Prebble and Dorothea Lambert Chambers. It gave Vesnina and Makarova a third grand slam title together, and a first at Wimbledon. They had to finish play by 11pm, when Wimbledon is bound by local regulations to stop play, and were all done by 10.22pm. It was the first ‘double bagel’ in a Wimbledon mixed final since 1919 when Briton Randolph Lycett and American Elizabeth Ryan inflicted the punishment on British players Albert Prebble and Dorothea Lambert Chambers. It gave Vesnina and Makarova a third grand slam title together, and a first at Wimbledon. They had to finish play by 11pm, when Wimbledon is bound by local regulations to stop play, and were all done by 10.22pm. In the men’s doubles, Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo won their first grand slam title together by edging a marathon five-set final at Wimbledon. Poland’s Kubot and Brazilian Melo came from behind to beat Austria’s Oliver Marach and Croatian Mate Pavic 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 13-11 after four hours and 40 minutes on Centre Court. The deciding set alone lasted an hour and 43 minutes, with a 10-minute break at 11-11 while the roof was closed finally prompting a breakthrough. By the end, the contest was just 21 minutes short of the longest ever men’s doubles final at Wimbledon – the 1992 title match won by John McEnroe and Michael Stich. 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. Melo, who will return to world number one in the doubles rankings on Monday, adds another major title to the one he secured at the French Open in 2015. Kubot also becomes a two-time grand slam champion after he won the Australian Open doubles title in 2014.

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