The top ranked doubles team of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta won seven titles last year, including the WTA Championships, and they upped one level by adding the Australian Open title, their first Grand Slam, to their successful partnership.
The win against Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko in the Australian Open women’s doubles final didn’t come easily – actually the Argentinean-Italian pair lost the first set and faced match points at 5-4 in the second set. Dulko and Pennetta then won three games in a row to level at one set all, and powered through the third set to win 2-6 7-5 6-1.
Dulko and Pennetta played the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams last year, and the semifinals of Wimbledon. Azarenka was a Grand Slam finalist in doubles two times, including the 2008 Australian Open with Shahar Peer.