Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Swiss duo Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky 6-4 6-4 to win Olympic gold in the women’s doubles.
The victory gave Russia its seventh gold medal of the Rio Games and first in tennis.
Former world No.1 and five-time grand slam singles title winner Hingis came out of retirement to become one of the world’s top doubles players, but the Russian pair were pretty comfortable in taking care of business in two quick sets.
— Elena Vesnina (@EVesnina001) August 14, 2016
“We wanted the Olympic medal, especially gold medal of course, since we were juniors,” said Makarova. “It was our dream from the kids. We really wanted to have a medal of Olympics.
“It’s much more for us than the Grand Slam. We were all the time talking about that, that Grand Slams are great tournaments, we’re so happy that we won two Grand Slams, but the Olympic Games for us means much more. We are playing for our country. We won the gold medal. It’s an amazing feeling. Our dream came true.”
Vesnina added: “We had a tough trip to make it here to Rio. We were really in stress in one moment when we missed our connection. We were trying to get here as early as we could because we played final in Montreal, we won the tournament there. We knew it’s different courts, different balls. We wanted to get here as early as we could just to get ready.
“I think this situation even help us a little bit, you know, to be ready for everything in Rio. We stick together. We knew why we came here. We knew what we want. It’s incredible that we won this gold medal at the end.”
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