Russia’s Vesnina, Makarova win 2017 Wimbledon title in ladies’ pairs final

While it is Vesnina and Makarova’s maiden Wimbledon title, they are also the reigning women’s doubles Olympic champions.

The pair won the championship by beating Chan Hao-ching from Taiwan and Monica Niculescu from Romania with a score of 6-0, 6-0.

The match had to be finished under the Centre Court floodlights with play suspended at 11-11 in the evening gloom for the roof to be closed.

“We knew if we give them a little chance, the momentum can change”.

For both players, it is their second Grand Slam title.

Kubot and Melo had already spurned two match points at 6-5 in the final set but after re-emerging from the roof delay they won eight out of the next nine points to seal victory.

In the men’s doubles, Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo won their first grand slam title together by edging a marathon five-set final at Wimbledon.

The women’s doubles final began at 9:30 p.m. and lasted 55 minutes.

The roof over Centre Court, which was closed for the women’s final earlier in the day, was open at the start of the men’s doubles match. Makarova and Vesnina triumphed for the third time at Grand Slam level, after 2013 Roland Garros and 2014 US Open, which means at next year’s Australian Open they will bid to achieve Career Grand Slam.