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Miami resident Nadia Petrova again claims Sony Open doubles title

 

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For the second year in a row and third time in her career, Miami resident Nadia Petrova took home the Sony Open women’s doubles trophy.

This time around, Petrova, a 30-year-old Russian with roots firmly planted in Miami for the past three years, partnered with Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia for a 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) victory over wild-card recipients Lisa Raymond of the United States and Laura Robson of Great Britain on Sunday.

Petrova won here with fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko last year and with Meghann Shaughnessy in 2006. In all, she has been in five Miami finals with five different partners, finishing as a runner-up with Liezel Huber in 2011 and Samantha Stosur in 2010.

“I like this place,” Petrova said of why she is successful in Miami. “I live here. I have nowhere to rush. I go home between the matches, and I just feel really good here.”

Petrova said the weather and convenience of living in South Florida lured her to leave Moscow. She spends about five months per year in Miami.

“I run away from winters at home,” Petrova said. “Great place for offseason. It’s easy to commute from Miami and to any destination in the world. A lot of tennis players choose this place to prepare for the new year, so it’s great. You always have players to practice with.”

This was the third final in seven finals played together that Petrova and Srebotnik have won. They played in three finals this year — Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells — before winning their first title of the season Sunday.

Raymond, 39, who played at the University of Florida, and Robson, 19, of Great Britain, were paired together by their management company Octagon when Stosur, who was supposed to partner with Raymond, skipped the tournament with a calf injury.

The 11th-ranked Raymond, a former No. 1 in doubles for 137 nonconsecutive weeks, and Robson, who ranks 279th in doubles, upset the top-seeded Italian pairing of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals.

The 20-year age gap between the two hasn’t prevented Raymond and Robson from finding common ground beyond tennis.

“We both have a mutual love of horror movies,” Robson said. “ The Human Centipede. She has to watch it.”

After their first-outing success, Raymond and Robson said they plan to play together again.

CBS switches away

Tennis fans were left disappointed when CBS, which was broadcasting the men’s final, stopped televising the match as it was going into the decisive third-set tiebreaker. The Tennis Channel picked up the tiebreaker, but many households don’t get the premium channel.

The match, which Andy Murray won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) over David Ferrer, started at 11:30 a.m. But in going 2 hours 45 minutes, it lasted longer than CBS — contractually obligated to show the NCAA Tournament — allotted for the match.

CBS, which showed a replay of match point later on, pulled the plug on the tennis to show the tipoff of the NCAA Tournament game that Michigan won 79-59 over Florida to reach the Final Four.

“It’s obviously a shame that people didn’t get to see the end of what I think was a pretty exciting match, but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” Murray said.

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