Tennis

Published: Friday January 24, 2014 MYT 5:07:00 PM
Updated: Friday January 24, 2014 MYT 6:19:48 PM

Italians Errani and Vinci retain Australian Open title

2014 Australain Open women's doubles champions Sara Errani (right) and Roberta Vinci from Italy. - EPA

2014 Australain Open women's doubles champions Sara Errani (right) and Roberta Vinci from Italy. - EPA

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy produced a great escape on Friday as they beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 3-6 7-5 to retain the Australian Open women's doubles title.

The Russian third seeds led 5-2 in the decider before Errani and Vinci roared back to clinch their fourth grand slam title and retain their world number one ranking.

Victory for Makarova and Vesnina would have lifted them to top spot and when they broke twice to lead 5-2 in the final set, they looked set for the title.

But the Italians stayed strong and won five straight games, clinching victory on their second match point when Vinci fired a forehand return winner down the line.

(Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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