Melbourne: Argentine Gisela Dulko and Italy`s Flavia Pennetta beat Eastern Europeans Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 to win the Australian Open women`s doubles titles.
The top seeds produced a stirring fightback from a set and 4-1 down in fierce Melbourne sunshine to seal victory on their first grand slam final appearance together.
"A set and 4-1 down we were like in shock," Dulko told reporters. "In the changeover, we were like looking each other and saying, `Come on, we can`t finish the match playing less than an hour in the final.` We just kept fighting."
The world`s top two doubles players earned USD 450,000 for their victory over Russia`s Kirilenko and Azarenka of Belarus, the 12th seeds playing their first major together.