Wimbledon men's doubles final becomes five-hour epic

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 18, 2017

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina clinched the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in ruthless fashion, hammering Chan Hao-ching and Monica Niculescu 6-0 6-0.

Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo emerged from a marathon men's doubles final as Wimbledon champions on Saturday, finally wrapping up a 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 13-11 win over Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic after four hours and 40 minutes.

It was the first "double bagel" in a Wimbledon women's doubles final since 1953 when Shirley Fry and Doris Hart of the United States took the title.

Chan and Niculescu lost 0-6, 0-6 to the second-seeded Russian pair in a match that lasted just 54 minutes.

It soon became clear that would not be the scenario playing out however, as Russians Makarova and Vesnina tore through the first set. Makarova and Vesnina triumphed for the third time at Grand Slam level, after 2013 Roland Garros and 2014 US Open, which means at next year's Australian Open they will bid to achieve Career Grand Slam. The 23-year-old Spaniard upset the American veteran in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0.

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