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Russians Kuznetsova, Zvonareva beat Italian team to win Australian Open women's doubles title

01/27/2012 03:20 EST | Updated 03/27/2012 05:12 EDT
MELBOURNE, Australia - Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva of Russia have captured the Australian Open women's doubles title, beating the Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday.

Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam singles champion, and Zvonareva are both known primarily for their singles play, although each has one previous Grand Slam doubles title with a different partner.

The unseeded duo hadn't played together since the French Open last year.

Errani and Vinci were playing in their first Grand Slam final together. Their previous best result was reaching the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open last year.

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