With a 6-1, 3-6, 10-4 win over Makarova and Vesnina, Sara and Roberta won their 4th title of the year! It’s their 9th title as a team, but the first one above International level. It shows how much they are growing as a team and what an amazing year they’re having. The first set of the final went really well, very quick, “almost a perfect set“, Sara said. The second set was tougher, Sara had an injury timeout for a muscle problem in her thigh, but could continue play. Unfortunately they got broken once, and that was enough to take the match to a supertiebreak. Because the court was very fast, Sara and Roberta decided to play the supertiebreak as aggressive as possible, and it worked out.
Because of this tournament win, Sara and Roberta will be #1 in the Race rankings (the rankings over 2012) next week. They will also move up to #8 and #9 in the regular doubles rankings – their first time in the top 10.
You can watch the oncourt interview after the final (in Spanish) here, or read the English translation underneath. There’s another interview from after the final here. They talk about the final, about the problems with the court, and of course about the Olympics. Of course there are also pictures from the Madrid final in the photogallery.