Nadia & Katarina Conquer Sydney
Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik did not drop a set en route to their second doubles title together.
Published January 12, 2013 11:50
In picking up their second WTA title as a duo in their fifth event at the Apia International Sydney
without dropping a set, Nadia Petrova
and Katarina Srebotnik
had quite an impressive list of victims.
Petrova and Srebotnik took out former doubles World No.1 Liezel Huber
and Sania Mirza
in the quarterfinals, former French Open
champions Andrea Hlavackova
and Lucie Hradecka
in the semifinals and current doubles World No.2 Sara Errani
and No.1 Roberta Vinci
in the final.
Petrova now has 22 WTA doubles titles to her name, and Srebotnik has 31.
"We're very pleased with our first tournament of the year together," said Petrova, whose previous triumph alongside Srebotnik came at Moscow in 2008. "We had good off-seasons and it's nice that it's already paying off - we played some decent doubles this week and every match has been in straight sets, which means a lot. Now we have our eyes on the big prize."
"This tournament gives us a lot of confidence - it was a test to show us where we're at," Srebotnik said. "It was a tough draw for our first tournament together since committing to the partnership for the year, and every match was very, very difficult, but we played well every match. It shows we're in good form."