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Australian Open: Sara Errani-Roberta Vinci defend doubles title

Errani and Vinci roared back to clinch their fourth grand slam title and retain their world number one ranking.

Italy's Sara Errani, right, and Roberta Vinci hold the championship trophy after defeating Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in their women's doubles final (AP)
Italy’s Sara Errani, right, and Roberta Vinci hold the championship trophy after defeating Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in their women’s doubles final (AP)

Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy produced a great escape on Friday as they beat Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 3-6 7-5 to retain the Australian Open women’s doubles title.

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The Russian third seeds led 5-2 in the decider before Errani and Vinci roared back to clinch their fourth grand slam title and retain their world number one ranking.

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Victory for Makarova and Vesnina would have lifted them to top spot and when they broke twice to lead 5-2 in the final set, they looked set for the title.

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But the Italians stayed strong and won five straight games, clinching victory on their second match point when Vinci fired a forehand return winner down the line.

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