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Tennis - 19. March 2012.

Red-Hot Huber/Raymond Win Desert Title

Top-seeded Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond kept up their incredible run, winning their fourth straight title and 16th straight match with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 2 seeds Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina in the BNP Paribas Open women's doubles final Saturday night.

“When we step on the court, we feel the team is going to have to play really well to beat us, whatever the circumstances are, whether it’s tough conditions or surface or who are our opponents, they’re really going to have to play well,” said Raymond. “I think we’ve proven that over the past few weeks. Even if they may think we’re down and out, we find a way to win.”

The pair had won titles at Paris, Doha and Dubai coming into Indian Wells. They needed to rally from a set down in their second round match, and were also extended to a Match Tie-breaks in the quarter-finals.

“It definitely hasn’t been flawless and perfect, but the results have been,” said Huber. “When you kind of look back at our run, it’s been unbelievable, but we’ve worked very hard and come close to losing at times, but I think the hard work’s showing right now.”

Huber won the title for the first time at this WTA Premier Event, and marveled at the experience. “I’ve never played on center court before because I’ve never made it out of the beginning rounds,” she admitted. “It’s completely amazing. This is really an amazing tournament. The people are so supportive of doubles. I told the tournament director to put more stands on the outside courts for next year.”

Raymond, meanwhile, lifted the trophy for the seventh time with a fourth different partner. She won her first title in 1994 with Lindsay Davenport. “I love playing here,” she said. “I love the atmosphere. As Liezel said, the fans come out and really support the doubles, and that means so much to us. There’s nothing like playing in front of packed houses and intimate courts.”

 

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Women sport news - Ennis-Hill back on track in Manchester

Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Olympic heptathlon gold medalist, will compete for the first time in nearly two years when she runs in the 100m hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester on 9 May. 

Women sport news - Greek fencer Vougiouka named as Baku 2015 Ambassador

Greek fencer Vassiliki Vougiouka will represent her sport and feature in extensive marketing campaigns in their home countries and on social media to promote the Games.

 

26. March 69
Women sport news - Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) took the lead in the Short Dance in China

Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) took the lead in the Short Dance in China

Quotes from the Athletes, Chock/Bates turned in a characteristic Paso Doble to “Don Quixote” by Leon Minkus and earned a level four on all elements.

26. March 65
Women sport news - Morgan-Brett and Pottharst to lead Australian Uniroos in Gwangju

Morgan-Brett and Pottharst to lead Australian Uniroos in Gwangju

Morgan-Brett will lead the team as Chef de Mission whilst Pottharst will add her considerable experience to the Australian Uniroos in her role as peak performance mentor.

 

26. March 68
Women sport news - Jennifer Beauchamp-Crichton named as Athlete Ambassador for the 2015 ISU World Champs

Jennifer Beauchamp-Crichton named as Athlete Ambassador for the 2015 ISU World Champs

Beauchamp-Crichton was the captain of the NEXXICE team that won gold at the 2009 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Croatia.

24. March 106
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Round 1 Pro Junior Women’s dealt with shifting wind conditions but all heats were fiercely contested on the higher tides.

24. March 112
Women sport news - Austria's Anna Fenniger wins The World Cup Title

Austria's Anna Fenniger wins The World Cup Title

Fenninger making it a great day for the Austrians as she held off Maze to win the women’s giant slalom, also defending that title in the process.

23. March 120
Women sport news - 14 Year Old Ito Becomes Youngest Ever World Tour Champion

14 Year Old Ito Becomes Youngest Ever World Tour Champion

14-year-old Mima ITO (JPN) has shocked the table tennis world.

23. March 100
Women sport news - ANZ Championships Results

ANZ Championships Results

Thunderbirds celebrate Milestone with win, Magic win rollercoaster against Tactix, Mystics Storm home over Pulse, NSW Swifts (59) drew with West Coast Fever (59)

21. March 79
Women sport news - Richardson wins on Day 1 ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final GER

Richardson wins on Day 1 ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final GER

Richardson fastest in 500m field, Kodaira close to World Cup win

20. March 194
Women sport news - Global News from the International Netball Federation

Global News from the International Netball Federation

HORRAY "Former England international and current Manchester Thunder head coach Tracey Neville has been named as the new coach of England Netball with immediate effect". Following the national U21 championships, Australia’s selectors have named the country’s U21 squad for the coming season, vote for GEVA plus more by Rona Hunnisett

20. March 153
Women sport news - Wauters prepares to break Belgian hearts

Wauters prepares to break Belgian hearts

A legend of Belgian basketball, Ann Wauters is now tasked with heading back to her homeland next week and breaking the hearts of so many of her compatriots.

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Women sport news - England set to kick-off summer season against Trinidad & Tobago

England set to kick-off summer season against Trinidad & Tobago

The Netball World Cup begins in Sydney in August and the hard work for England’s stars begins as soon as the Netball Superleague draws to a close.

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Ennis-Hill back on track in Manchester

Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Olympic heptathlon gold medalist, will compete for the first time in nearly two years when she runs in the 100m hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester on 9 May. 

Greek fencer Vougiouka named as Baku 2015 Ambassador

Greek fencer Vassiliki Vougiouka will represent her sport and feature in extensive marketing campaigns in their home countries and on social media to promote the Games.

 

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