New York, September 12
Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund stood awkwardly dealing with one another, rackets and arms within the air in confusion.
Finally, Siegemund turned to the chair umpire for a ruling.
“Are we allowed to give a hug?” she requested.
The guidelines of tennis throughout the coronavirus pandemic have been the one factor Zvonareva and Siegemund could not work out of their first match collectively.
The duo gained the US Open ladies’s doubles title Friday, beating the third-seeded crew of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar 6-Four 6-4.
Zvonareva and Siegemund collected USD 400,000 — and likewise their hug — by racing to fast leads in each units and holding on when their opponents started to play higher.
Unseeded after deciding to play collectively shortly earlier than the match, Zvonareva and Siegemund discovered their video games labored collectively and plan to accomplice once more on the upcoming French Open.
“I felt like the third match we really started communicating well, we really started to understand each other,” Zvonareva mentioned.
“Yeah, it just got better and better from there on.”
Zvonareva, a Russian who turned 36 this week, added this title to the 2006 US Open trophy she gained with Nathalie Dechy. She additionally was the runner-up in singles at Flushing Meadows in 2010, falling to Kim Clijsters, and rose to a career-high singles rating of No. 2 the next month.
She additionally gained the 2012 Australian Open doubles title however later battled accidents and commenced enjoying much less, particularly after giving beginning to daughter Evelina in 2016.
“It wasn’t easy,” Zvonareva mentioned.
“I had a lot of injuries in the past and always trying to come back, and it’s a big privilege for me to be here today.”
Zvonareva and Siegemund, who’ve every gained the US Open blended doubles title, raced to a 5-1 lead within the first set and a 3-1 begin within the second.
Siegemund, who was sharp early, paid tribute to an aunt who died of most cancers whereas she was in New York. Her mother and father have been late arriving to the match after getting back from the funeral.
“I think she had the best seat in the house so I just want to dedicate it to her,” the German mentioned.
Xu and Melichar completed second for the second straight match in New York. They have been runners-up on the Western & Southern Open that is often performed in Ohio. AP