Italian duo's stunning fightback

  • Last Updated: January 24 2014, 11:15 GMT

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci staged a dramatic comeback to retain their Australian Open women's doubles title.

Vinci (l) and Errani won the last five games for a dramatic victory
Vinci (l) and Errani won the last five games for a dramatic victory

The top-seeded Italian duo found themselves in a deep hole when a double-break of serve down in the final set of their clash with Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina at 5-2.

However, from that position they dug themselves out of the hole spectacularly with a run of five straight games as first Makarova and then Vesnina failed to serve out for the title.

Their 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory over the third seeds brought the pair their fourth Grand Slam doubles title and their second in Melbourne. The only Slam they have not won at is Wimbledon.

It also ensured they remain as joint world number ones in the WTA rankings.

Asked for they had managed to turn the match around, Errani admitted she had no idea.

"I don't know," she said. "It was very strange, very difficult. We went from 2-0 up in the third (to) 5-2, playing not very good.

"From there we just kept it going."


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