Indian Wells (California): India’s Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina lost to American pair Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in the women’s doubles final of the WTA Paribas Open tennis tournament at Indian Wells.
Having won titles at Paris, Doha and Dubai in the previous two months, the tops seeds had little difficulty Saturday as they eased past Sania-Vesnina 6-2, 6-3 for their fourth WTA title of the year.
“Right now we’re just playing well. When we step on the court we feel the other team is going to have to play really well to beat us, whether or not there are tough conditions. We have proven that over the past few weeks. And even if anyone ever thinks we’re down and out, we’ll find a way to win,” said Raymond.
“If we’re ever having a bad moment we try to keep it as short as possible,” Huber said. “Like if I’ve made an error or two errors, I know it’s not permanent, just take two minutes, forgive yourself and move on. Just think of the next game.
“Our run has been unbelievable, we have come close to losing at times, but we have worked very hard, and the hard work has been showing in our great results.”
Raymond has now won the Indian Wells doubles title seven times, and with four different partners (three times with Lindsay Davenport, twice with Samantha Stosur and once each with Rennae Stubbs and Huber). For Huber, this was her first title here.