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Makarova, Vesnina win French Open women's doubles

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PARIS (AP)

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Fourth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia won their first Grand Slam title together by defeating defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-5, 6-2 in the women's doubles final of the French Open on Sunday.

It was the first major title for Vesnina but the second for Makarova, who won the mixed doubles with Bruno Soares at the U.S. Open last year.

The Russian pair won four straight games in the second set to lead 4-1 and clinched the victory with a smash from Vesnina.

The top-seeded Errani and Vinci were bidding to win a third straight Grand Slam title and their fourth overall. They had beaten Makarova and Vesnina in their four previous meetings.

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