Huber-Raymond Win Dubai Doubles Trophy
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Top seeds Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber won their seventh WTA doubles title together Saturday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The Americans broke for a 4-2 lead in the first set, and clinched the opener with a second break of serve as India’s Mirza hit a forehand wide. Huber and Raymond squandered an early break lead in the second set, but from 2-1 reeled off the final four games of the match to claim victory in 67 minutes.
"We played a good tournament," said Huber. "We've had a good few weeks. We're going to have to keep working hard. That's what got us here, and that's what we'll keep doing."
The 35-year-old Huber captured her 51st WTA doubles title and her fifth in Dubai, having previously won the coveted trophy in 2007-2009 (w/ Black) and 2011 (w/Martinez Sanchez). The 38-year-old Raymond increased her collection to 77 WTA doubles trophies after winning the Dubai title for the first time.
"It feels great," said Raymond, reflecting on the team's third title of the season. "I think when we step on the court now we feel like the teams are going to have really come up with something and produce some really good tennis to beat us. I think we proved that today.
"We concentrated every game. We had our game plan and we knew that we took a couple things away from them today and it worked well and we stayed on them. We concentrated well, and Liezel served out a great game in the end with an ace. It feels good to beat them that decisive."
Second seeds Mirza and Vesnina were bidding for their third title in four finals together, having first teamed up a year ago in Dubai.
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