Tennis: Pe'er and Mirza win doubles title in Stanford

The Jewish/Muslim duo, which was seeded third in the tournament, defeated Chakvetadze and Azarenka in a tight match.

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(photo credit: AP)
In their first title as a duo, Shahar Pe'er and Sania Mirza won the doubles tournament at Stanford, California's Bank of West Classic, defeating Anna Chakvetadze and Victoria Azarenka in the final late Sunday night by a score of 6:4, 7:5. The Jewish/Muslim pair advanced to their first final as partners late Saturday night, defeating Su-Wei Hsieh and Alla Kudryatseva 6-3, 6- 4. Chakvetadze and Azarenka knocked out number one seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Ai Sugiyama in the semifinal, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-7. Pe'er, who is the defending doubles champion at Stanford, claiming the title last year with German Anna-Lena Groenefeld, won her only other doubles title at Prague in 2006. A couple of hours before they met in the doubles title game on Sunday, Mirza and Chakvetadze faced each other in the singles final after defeating Sybille Bammer and Daniela Hantuchova in the semis respectively. Pe'er and Mirza got a crucial break of serve in the eighth game of Saturday's semifinal and served out the set in the following game. The Israeli/Indian pair raced to a 4-0 lead at the start of the second set and despite losing four of the next five games,they eventually booked their place in the final by clinching the 10th game.