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28/09/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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CARA black lost the doubles finals of the Wuhan Open in China on Saturday as she finalised her preparations for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals, the season finale which is staged in Singapore.

The Zimbabwean’s usual doubles partner Sania Mirza of India was not available as she represented her country at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.

Last weekend Cara and Sania successfully defended their WTA Pan Pacific Open in Japan.

Cara then teamed up with Caroline Garcia of France for the US$2.4 million Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open and the pair made it all the way to Saturday’s finals.

Seeded eight, they however lost to the Swiss-Italian pair of Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta.

Hingis and Pennetta looked fresh early on, and understandably so - they only played two full matches in four rounds going in, winning one by retirement and another by walkover.

The No.6-seeded Swiss-Italian combo stormed out to a 6-4, 5-3 lead.

Black and Garcia came alive from there, though.

They fought off four match points en route to sneaking out the second set, 7-5, and built all kinds of leads in the ensuing match tie-break, like 4-1, 6-3, and - after losing those leads - even bringing up two match points up 9-8 and 10-9.

But Hingis and Pennetta fought both of those off, including a fantastic Pennetta backhand volley into the corner on the second one, and with one last big serve they closed it out, 6-4, 5-7, 12-10.

The Wuhan Open was one of three WTA events in China new to the calendar in 2014, bringing the total number of tournaments in the growing tennis hotbed to six.

It is also one of two Premier-level stops in China.


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