Twice as Nice: Klepac, Soler-Espinosa Win Doubles Title

Doubles Winners

Photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open

Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa defeated Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra-Santonja 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 on Saturday to claim the 2014 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies doubles Title.

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It was a win that was twice as nice for Klepac/Soler-Espinosa: they were playing together for just the second time in their careers having debuted as a pair a week ago in Cincinnati.

“For me, it was so exciting the win the first title, said Soler-Espinosa. “It was the third final for me this year: one in singles, one doubles. To win this tournament, you know, this is an amazing tournament. With her, we had such a great week, very good week together. So, I’m so happy.”

Down 5-3 in the first set, Klepac/Soler-Espinosa rattled off four straight games to claim the first frame 7-5. In the second set, Erakovic/Parra-Santonja would battle back. Serving at 5-4, but down 0-30, the duo would win the next four points to force a match tie-break.

The tie-break provided plenty of intrigue, as Klepac and Soler-Espinosa found themselves down 5-7 at the second change of ends. However, they would go on to win the next five points, securing the title on a decisive error from Erakovic. It was the first WTA crown of any kind for Soler-Espinosa and the 7th of Klepac’s career (all at the ITF level).

“Yeah, these matches you never know,” said Klepac. “In tiebreak you can play two, three balls good, then the other players play five balls good. But you still need to be all the time focused and fight for every ball.”

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