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Tennis: Japan’s Aoyama wins third WTA doubles title at Citi Open

Japan’s Shuko Aoyama (right) and Russian Vera Dushevina won the Citi Open in Washington DC. Photo: Citi Open / Peter Staples.

Japan’s Shuko Aoyama (right) and Russian Vera Dushevina won the Citi Open in Washington DC. Photo: Citi Open / Peter Staples.

August 5, 2013: Shuko Aoyama lifted her third WTA doubles title when the 25-year-old Japanese and Vera Dushevina of Russia won the women’s doubles at the Citi Open in Washington DC, USA.

 

Aoyama, a doubles semi-finalist at Wimbledon last month, and Dushevina lived up to their billing as top seeds when they beat Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard and Taylor Townsend of the USA 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

 

On Friday, the 1.54-metre Aoyama and 1.80-metre Dushevina beat Keri Wong of the USA and Bolivia’s Maria Fernanda Álvarez Terán 6-4, 6-3 in the semis.

 

The Japanese-Russian duo had beaten American Alexandra Mueller and Adriana Perez of Venezuela Alexandra Mueller 6-1, 6-4 in Thursday’s quarters.

 

On the west coast, Taiwan teenager Chan Hao-ching teamed up with Janette Husarova of Slovakia to reach the final of the women’s doubles of the Southern California Open,

 

However, they came up against defending champions Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the USA, the third seeds, who won 6-4 6-1 on Sunday. Carlsbad was their eighth WTA doubles title as a duo, Spears’ 12th doubles title and Kops-Jones’ 10th.

 

Chan, 19, and Husarova had earlier enjoyed a 6-3, 6-2 semi-final win over former World No. 1 singles player Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia.

 

On Thursday, the Taiwan-Slovakia pairing put on a fantastic performance to beat the top seeds, Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic, winning 7-5, 6-7(5), 10-6.

 

Chan, who turns 20 in September, had paired with Russian Vera Dushevina to reach the semi-finals of the previous week’s Bank of the West Classic.

 

Chan teamed up with Kristina Mladenovic of France to win the Portugal Open in May, six months after the pair won the WTA 125K Series event in Chan’s hometown of Taipei last November.

 

Earlier this year, Chan teamed up with her elder sister Yung-jan, 23, to win the doubles at the inaugural Shenzhen Open, also part of the WTA 125K Series.

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