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Dulko-Pennetta win women's doubles at Aus Open

Last updated on: January 28, 2011 17:01 IST

Argentine Gisela Dulko and Italy's Flavia Pennetta beat Eastern Europeans Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 to win the Australian Open women's doubles titles on Friday.

The top seeds produced a stirring fightback from a set and 4-1 down in fierce Melbourne sunshine to seal victory on their first grand slam final appearance together.

"A set and 4-1 down we were like in shock," Dulko told reporters.

Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko"In the changeover, we were like looking each other and saying, 'Come on, we can't finish the match playing less than an hour in the final.' We just kept fighting," she added.

The world's top two doubles players earned $450,000 for their victory over Russia's Kirilenko and Azarenka of Belarus, the 12th seeds playing their first major together.

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