U.S. pair wins Paris doubles title

The American pairing of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy won their first doubles title together by beating Vera Dushevina and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Open Gaz de France on Sunday.

This was Mattek-Sands’ ninth doubles title and the 17th for Shaughnessy.

The Americans clinched victory when a volley from Makarova went long.

”I had a little bit of a layoff,” Shaughnessy said. ”I’ve had a couple of knee surgeries so this means a lot to come back … We’re a dangerous team.”

The pair didn’t drop a set in the tournament.

Mattek-Sands also reached the semifinals in the singles, losing to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-0.