Australian Open - Dulko and Pennetta win doubles

Fri, 28 Jan 09:48:00 2011

Argentine Gisela Dulko and Italy's Flavia Pennetta beat Eastern Europeans Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko 2-6 7-5 6-1 to win the Australian Open women's doubles titles.

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The top seeds produced a stirring fightback from a set and 4-1 down in fierce Melbourne sunshine to seal victory on their first grand slam final appearance together.

"A set and 4-1 down we were like in shock," Dulko said.

"In the changeover, we were like looking each other and saying, 'Come on, we can't finish the match playing less than an hour in the final.' We just kept fighting."

The world's top two doubles players earned $450,000 (283,165) for their victory over Russia's Kirilenko and Azarenka of Belarus, the 12th seeds playing their first major together.

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