STANFORD, Calif. (www.mubadalasvc.com) – The third-seeded Spanish duo of Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Paula Kania and Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 on Sunday afternoon in the doubles final of the 2014 Bank of the West Classic.
For the second straight match, Muguruza and Suarez Navarro were pushed to the brink after taking down the second-seeded tandem of Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova 5-7, 7-6 (2), 10-8 yesterday.
Muguruza and Suarez Navarro have emerged as one of the hot new doubles teams in recent months, collecting runner-up finishes at Madrid, reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros and the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Kania and Siniakova were making their debut as a team this week.
After dropping the first set 6-2, Kania and Siniakova rallied to win the final three games of the second set to even the match.
In the match tie-break, Muguruza and Suarez Navarro built a quick lead of 6-2 and closed out the victory.
Kania and Siniakova reached the championship match after upsetting defending champions Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-7 (3), 6-3, 12-10 in Saturday’s semifinal.
All four doubles finalists were playing at Stanford for the first time. Of the four finalists, only Muguruza (2) and Kania (1) had captured doubles titles in their career.
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ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $710,000. Held on Stanford University’s campus at Taube Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Founded in 1874, $68 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com), Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with 190,000 employees.
ABOUT THE EMIRATES AIRLINE US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 11th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won the 2013 US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s and women’s titles, each earning a record tennis paycheck of $3.6 million. Roger Federer (2007) and Kim Clijsters (2005) also accomplished the feat of winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open singles title within the same year.