US Open 2020 champion Vera Zvonareva and 2021 Wimbledon finalist Veronika Kudermetova played in the Miami final

Survived the 7th operation to return. The champion with 5 “Helmets” from Russia took Miami

Sofia Kolodkina

Vera Zvonareva

The American final was played by Vera Zvonareva and Veronika Kudermetova. The Cup will still go to Russia.

If you stopped watching the courts of Miami after the departure of Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals from the Pole Hubert Hurkach, then in vain. The cup was raised by the Russian: Vera Zvonareva defeated Veronica Kudermetova and Elisa Mertens – 7: 6 (7: 3), 7: 5.

Another comeback of the three-time US Open champion after the seventh operation

Comeback in the best traditions of Rafa Nadal: when no one bets on you in the tournament, and you seem to be making fun of the quotes. It is already possible to get lost in the account of the return of the Russian woman. After the next – already the seventh – operation, the world’s second racket is back on the court. Not only that, he takes the thousandth cup. Although Zvonareva was in a cast on her right leg and with crutches in her hands literally six months ago: in September 2021, she still took a selfie from the hospital.

Elise Mertens and Veronica Kudermetova

Elise Mertens and Veronica Kudermetova

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It is for the same reason that Vera missed the 2020 Olympics – a foot problem. But as in a very heartbreaking Oscar-winning film about overcoming, she immediately took another trophy: the third in a pair of TBS and the second in America (at the same time she won three small titles, all with different partners). To win the first major from the Australian Open – 2012, Zvonareva for the first time and got married to German Sigemund.

On the way to the title, they beat three seeded couples, including last year’s champions Arina Sobolenko and Elisa Mertens and top singles Vika Azarenko and Sofia Kenin. Zvonareva became a two-time US Open champion 14 years after her first victory in America with Natalie Deshi. But then the couple went on a long break – all the same operation of Faith. Influenced the temporary break and the new status of the champion: Vera became a wife and mother.

In early March 2022, they found each other again. And immediately caught the tournament in Lyon. In Indian Wells, the Russian-German tandem reached the 1/8 finals, and in Miami, the girls reached the decisive match. In the semifinals, they were stronger than Ekaterina Alexandrova and Zhaoxuan Yang, and in the championship tie-break they lost 4: 9. And Kudermetova and Mertens dealt with Corey Gauff and Katie McNally less effectively – 6: 4, 3: 6, 10: 2.

Sunday’s final in Miami was an experience. Kudermetova’s cross on the right and the game at the net from Mertens gave them only a starting margin of strength. Then came the comeback: the draws became more protracted, and they were taken away by someone who had less tolerance of the casual on the background of fatigue – after all, until the finals, the girls played in Miami and alone. A pair of oblique first from Vera and a sharp reception under Laura’s back provided them with a set. They followed the same scenario in the second game, where Zvonareva and Sigemund managed to break in a tense ending.

Laura Sigemund and Vera Zvonoreva

Laura Sigemund and Vera Zvonoreva

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In addition to the traditionally strong duet game, Vera is gaining confidence in the personal: in Miami, she stepped out of qualifying, and then went through three more laps. And in the 1/32 final the Russian beat the 19th seed Tamara Zidanshek.

12th doubles title at 37 years old. We can say that there would be many more of them, but during her career she was haunted by an injury to her left ankle in 2005, a wrist in 2007, which did not allow her to return to the top 20. Right ankle in 2009, which overshadowed two Grand Slam tournaments. The super-successful 2010 (Wimbledon and US Open finals in a personal) was followed by hip and right shoulder injuries in 2012, which recurred in 2014. The Russian revolutionary of world tennis of the XXI century has not yet said the final word. The main thing is not to overdo the recovery before the ground season.

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