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Italians reign AO 2013 women’s doubles

Despite the high-spirited Aussies posing a commendable resistance, the pairing of Roberta Vinci with Sara Errani proved too strong a force to overcome as the Italians clinched the championship 6-2 3-6 6-2.

The Australian pair, Casey Dellacqua and 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty, had merely been a wildcard into the event, neither of the women having yet achieved a WTA doubles victory, and they were evidently more than satisfied with having made it as far as the final.

The incredible attitude conveyed by the Australians throughout the match made for enjoyable viewing as they approached each point with a smile regardless of the scoreboard at any given moment.

The top seeded pair, Errani and Vinci, maintained their utmost concentration throughout the match, taking advantage of chances to move forward to the net, harbouring a level of aggression that had seen them through to stun the Williams sisters in the quarterfinals.

From the opening game, the Italians appeared resolute in establishing the early break and while the Australians retaliated by pressuring Errani and Vinci’s immediate service game to gain three break point opportunities, the unrelenting Italians fought hard to protect serve.

Unyielding belief in their own game led the Italian pair to snatch hold of yet another break, sending them to a convincing lead of 4-1.

Although Barty and Dellacqua began to pose a far more aggressive resistance towards the latter part of the set, this was presented a little too late as each pair held serve for the Italians to triumph 6-2 in the first.

During the second set, a rapid change in momentum became extraordinarily apparent as Barty began to dominate points which were previously being very much controlled by a highly focussed Roberta Vinci.

Young Ashleigh Barty’s seemingly instinctive put-away volleys and her impressive ability to anticipate play aided in the pair building their confidence levels to push the match into a third set, the Australians admirably clinching the second 6-3.

Despite the Australians having retained their heightened determination into the deciding set, the seemingly invincible Italian pair managed to break ahead to a promising 4-2 lead, somewhat shaking Barty and Dellacqua’s rhythm as they eventually consolidated yet another break in the final game to seal the championship 6-2 3-6 6-2.

“What an amazing two weeks for Ash and I. We played some great doubles and it’s been so much fun.

“Hopefully we get another chance to play them somewhere else and get them next time,” Dellacqua mused in a post-match interview.

“Ash and I are going to continue to play together and… the more we play together, I think the better we’ll be.”

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