Aussie girls fall short in doubles final

By Sam Lienert, AAP, Yahoo!7 January 25, 2013, 7:01 pm

Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua are already eyeing a chance to avenge their Australian Open women's doubles final loss to Italian top seeds Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani.

The world's top-ranked pair added the championship to last year's French Open and US Open trophies with their 6-2 3-6 6-2 win on Friday.

For 16-year-old Barty and Dellacqua, 27, who had been bidding to become the first all-Australian women's pair to win their home major since 1977, it was just their third event together and first grand slam.

Barty had played just one grand slam doubles match before this tournament and had never previously won a main draw match in a major in either singles or doubles.

The Australians showed great character in coming from a set and a break down to push the match into a third set and said they planned to partner each other at any opportunity in the future.

"This has been just an unbelievable two weeks, an unbelievable tournament for me," Barty said.

"I think our rankings are going to improve a lot. We'll be able to get into most tournaments.

"Whenever we're in the same place and same country, we'll play together."

Dellacqua said they would be looking for another chance to take on Friday's victors.

"We played some great doubles and it's been so much fun, so in that respect I'm very satisfied," she said.

"But it was disappointing to lose. But hopefully we get another chance to play them somewhere else and get them next time, because they're pretty tough to play.

"But I think we were starting to figure them out a bit."

Barty and Dellacqua were the first all-Australian pair to reach the final since 1977, with Dianne Fromholtz and Helen Gourlay taking the title in January of that year while Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Gourlay reached the final in December of that year but it was washed out.

Earlier on Friday, Australians Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden booked a place in Sunday's mixed doubles final with a 7-5 7-6 (7-5) semi-final win over Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

They will play Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak in the final.

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  1. Jean09:12am Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A wonderful match. Congratulations on your playing, ladies. All power for the next one.

  2. Jimbo07:26am Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Well done girls and you did yourself proud .

  3. DOLLARS12:02am Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    well done girls you did a fantastic job representing the green and gold. Best of luck next time

  4. Bryan11:49pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I want the details of those who treated Azaranka wow they miracle workers- future Nobel prize winners me thinks- what a load of bull sh--. hope it was worth it grunter!!!

  5. Steve g08:53pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Tennis is for beautiful people...someone forgot to tell Murray and Adidas ?

  6. John.maffina.07:43pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    ahhaaaaa haaaa haaaa ahhh ha ha ha ha aussies are useless at playing tennis ahhhhh ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaa give up now.

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  7. Neil07:33pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    dont worry girls ,,you will both get there ,,all the best and very well done ,,keep going