Doubles delight for Marina Erakovic in California
New Zealand tennis No 1 Marina Erakovic has won her sixth career WTA doubles title, with first-time partner Heather Watson, at the $US740,000 Stanford event in Califonia.
Erakovic and Watson edged the American and Australian combination of Vania King and Jarmila Gajdosova in today's final, winning 7-5 7-6 in an hour and 48 minutes.
The Kiwi and her British partner overcame an early break with two breaks of their own to claim the first set 7-5, and went on to win the second set tiebreaker 9-7, though they did get the jitters when serving for the match at 5-3, and with two match points at 5-4.
Erakovic is building toward the Olympic tournament on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
Earlier on centre court, Serena Williams claimed the Stanford singles title with a 7-5 6-3 victory over fellow American Coco Vandeweghe.
Stanford is one of the premier stops on the WTA Tour.
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