Russian duo claim maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros

Last Updated: 09/06/13 4:33pm

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Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina are all smiles while the beaten Italians look a little more subdued

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina are all smiles while the beaten Italians look a little more subdued

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Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina upset title favourites Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 7-5 6-2 to win the women's doubles final at the French Open.

The No 4 seeded Russians needed just 99 minutes to dispose of the reigning champions who were chasing their fourth Grand Slam victory in the last five events.

It was Makarova and Vesnina's first Grand Slam doubles success and they achieved it in style by winning six of the last seven games against the top seeds on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The win also ended a run of four straight defeats to the Italian duo and Vesnina said: "Honestly, for us it's a surprise that we didn't drop a set for the whole tournament, because it was a really difficult tournament.

"We really wanted to beat them finally, because it's really difficult to play against the same team and losing all the time.

"For us it was a turning point this time. We were not thinking it was a final or a Grand Slam, we were just thinking that we have to beat them and we have to keep playing our game, not changing anything and always believing in yourself."

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