Dulko and Pennetta win Melbourne doubles title
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 09:30
  
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.

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First Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 09:30


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