Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina became the fourth team to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, the WTA announced on 15 September. Vesnina and Makarova team have now qualified for the WTA Finals for a third straight year making them by far the most experienced doubles team competing in Singapore.
The 1.76m Vesnina and the 1.8m Makarova were the runner-up at three major tournaments this year Indian Wells, Miami Open and Wimbledon being defeated by the World No.1 pair of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza each time.
The 29-year-old Vesnina and 27-year-old Makarova also made the semi finals at the Qatar Open, Doha, Roland Garros and the Eastbourne International this year.
The right-handed Vesnina and left-handed Makarova are the most successful all-Russian women’s doubles in tennis history with their two Grand Slam titles: Roland Garros in 2013 and the US Open in 2014. The pair who became a permanent doubles team at the Madrid Open in 2012 were the runners-up at the 2014 Australian Open and won through to the WTA Finals championship match in 2013.
Vesnina has also been a women’s doubles Grand Slam finalist three other times and with three other partners: Roland Garros 2011 with Mirza, Wimbledon 2010 with Vera Zvonareva and Roland Garros 2009 with Victoria Azarenka.
Makarova shared some extremely valuable insight or advice on what perfect tennis is, “Tennis is chess on court. That’s why the one who is more cunning, who approaches the process more correctly in the strategic point of view is the one who wins in the end.”
Makarova is emphasising that critical aspect of highly evolved strategy and tactics and when that comes to doubles it is even more critical, seeing that doubles has four moving parts versus just the two in singles.
Make sure you buy your WTA Finals in Singapore tennis tickets to see Vesnina and Makarova trying to avenge their losses to each of the top three doubles teams at the Grand Slams in 2015 (Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the Australian Open and Casey Dellacaqua and Yaroslava Shvedova at Roland Garros).