Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina : US Open 2014 Womens doubles Champion

12 Sep

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina are very good singles and top  doubles players. They have won two grandslams doubles together now ( 2013 French Open and 2014 US Open). Both are accomplished mixed doubles players, Ekaterina Makarova partnered with Bruno Soares to win US Open 2012 mixed doubles, while Elena Vesnina has reached 2012 Australian and Wimbeldon mixed doubles finals partnering Leander Paes. Both are fine singles players with WTA titles and Ekaterina Makarova played brilliantly to reach semi – finals of US Open 2014. I saw the match with Azarenka, she was very good and won easily to make it to semi -finals.  In my opinion Vesnina is also a good singles player. No wonder together they are such a super doubles team and won this years US open defeating Flavia Penneta and Martina Hingis 2–6, 6–3, 6–2.

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Happiness!! Nothing beats winning after striving hard for it. They are such fine players and will surely win more slams.

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Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina with US Open 2014 Womens doubles trophy.

Elena Vesnina :

” Yeah, we had really long games on both of our serves. It was really difficult to win all these games, because Flavia and Martina, they start playing better. They started hitting a lot of down the lines. They kind of changed their games a little bit on our serves, so it was really important to hold that serve. On Katya’s serve we change a little bit tactics on the very big game and it worked. We hold that serve, and after that it was easy, a little bit easier. ”

” Like before the match we were talking with Katya that we will have chances on their serve because they don’t have big serve like Serena or Venus. They don’t have that much free points on their serve. So even we were down with a break we were losing set, we were still thinking that it’s not over. We could still get this break back. I think we really stick together on that tough moment, and we kind of took a risk on some points and played more aggressive than we were playing at the beginning. We kind of put pressure on them, and it worked.”

” It means a lot to win a Grand Slam.”

” I saw Serena this morning in the locker room. We had lockers next to each other. I saw her and she said, Are you playing final today? I’m like, Yes. She looked straight at me in my eyes, she’s like, Go for it, because you really deserve it. I was like, Ah, thank you. That win, of course, gave us confidence, because beating Serena and Venus at home with their crowd and on the big stadium when everybody was for them, it’s really kind of exciting win for us. ”

” She’s a legend. What can we say? She’s a legend. We were watching her matches when we were — she’s not, I mean, old. We are not saying we were watching her matches when we were little kids. I was watching her matches and I really loved the way she was playing. She’s a great champion. We lost to her in Miami final, and, I mean, I’m impressed how she was able — you know, she didn’t play so long. She came and she’s competing with best teams in the world. I mean, she still has so much into her pockets, you know. She still can get so much variety and so many good shots, so many thoughts in her mind. You see that on the match. I mean, it’s difficult to play against her because you know she has so much experience, she’s very confident, and she won everything. Yeah, so that was really important for us to believe in ourself and don’t even think we’re playing against Hingis, you know. ” ( On Martina Hingis)

” Just want to enjoy it. When we won the French Open it was our first Grand Slam, obviously. Of course we were like so super happy and exciting, and now I think it’s even harder to win another title, you know, because it’s not easy. You know, when you win one Grand Slam you think, Okay, it’s going to be so easy for us and we are going to win another one. We are playing so god together. That’s not true. We were losing with Katya like final of Australian and then French Open and Wimbledon we lost like second and third round. We were thinking, Oh, my God we are top-10 player and we are gonna play on all Grand Slams like semifinal, final, and we will have title. It’s such a high competition right now women’s doubles teams. Every single match is so tough. All teams practicing doubles. All teams working together. It’s big prize money for doubles. Each team knows what they are going for. Of course it’s a Grand Slam. Who doesn’t want to win a Grand Slam? It’s a dream of your life. It’s just something that you will tell your kids, I don’t know, about that win. ”

Ekaterina Makarova:

” Well, I can say that I was so nervous at the beginning. Elena just tried to keep me up. Then after the first set we were just really fighting, fighting every point, just go for it, go for it. They have a break and we were losing with the break. But still we were just really like motivated and really wanted to…”

” Yeah, stay with them, just keep going, keep going. We broke them a little bit.”

” Yeah, that’s a great feeling. It’s second Grand Slam for us. We have been in the final of the Australian Open, and actually in third set we were twice serving for a match. We were leading 5-2.”

” And here — I was serving there at 5-2 and like today, so I just really was thinking that this is not gonna happen again. So we just finish it. It’s a great emotions. So happy.”

” Well, this match was — I don’t want to say harder, but still three sets, you know, like more tight. French Open we were playing so many times against Errani-Vinci, and that time was first time we beat them. Here also very interesting match. I think I have especially kind of the same emotion after the match point. It’s a great feeling, and it’s Grand Slam. I don’t know, like you want to keep this moment, you know, just right after the match point.”

” Today? Well, I think our box was screaming so loud. We heard them very much. We didn’t think about actually the whole crowd, you know. It’s very good that so many people left for like — yeah, like stay at the night, you know. Because it was a late match, and actually was really enjoyable to play out there. And just thanks to our box, because they did a great job for us.”

Please see the post match interview of  US Open 2014 Womens doubles champions, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina :http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2014-09-06/201409071410106058530.html

I thought they played a wonderful finals to win against Penneta and the great Hingis. They are such good players Makarova and Vesnina are bound to win more slams. Congragulations Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina!

I leave you with Elena Vesnina quote :

”  When we won the French Open it was our first Grand Slam, obviously. Of course we were like so super happy and exciting, and now I think it’s even harder to win another title, you know, because it’s not easy. You know, when you win one Grand Slam you think, Okay, it’s going to be so easy for us and we are going to win another one. We are playing so good together. That’s not true. We were losing with Katya like final of Australian and then French Open and Wimbledon we lost like second and third round. We were thinking, Oh, my God we are top-10 player and we are gonna play on all Grand Slams like semifinal, final, and we will have title. It’s such a high competition right now women’s doubles teams. Every single match is so tough. All teams practicing doubles. All teams working together. It’s big prize money for doubles. Each team knows what they are going for. Of course it’s a Grand Slam. Who doesn’t want to win a Grand Slam? It’s a dream of your life. It’s just something that you will tell your kids, I don’t know, about that win. ”

I like every sportsperson’s journey and this is wonderful journey, Isn’t it ? 🙂

The winning feeling is ecstatic because it comes after so much hardwork, pain and effort, it must be best feeling in world and it is something you can tell your kids as Vesnina says 🙂

Hope you have a lovely day my friends! More power to Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina!

Thank you!

 

 

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