Ukrainian sisters win first doubles title at Australian Open

10:09, 25 January 2008
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Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko overcame rivals on Friday

Ukraine`s Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko overcame sibling rivalry to win their first women`s doubles title at the Australian Open on Friday, according to Reuters.

The sisters came from a set down to win 2-6 6-1 6-4 against 12th seeds Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Israeli Shahar Peer in a match lasting nearly two hours and uncharacteristically dominated by baseline rallies.

"Last year we play not very good doubles because sometimes we fight on the court," Alona Bondarenko told reporters.

"But now we start to listen each other and understand, and maybe that`s the key."

It was the first time the Bondarenko sisters had won a doubles title in their 38th tournament playing together.

Their previous best was reaching three semi-finals in WTA Tour events.

They had the chance to serve for the match at 5-2 but were broken before sealing victory on their first match point at 5-4 when Azarenka hit a backhand return into the net.

 

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