The first winners of the first edition of BNP Paribas Poland Open in doubles were Anna Danilina (Kazachstan) and Lidziya Marozava (Belarus), who defeated Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine) and Katarzyna Piter (Poland) in the doubles final.
The match was shaping up to be more close than it turned out to be in the end. On one side of the net were Danilina and Marozava, who have pretty good results in doubles. Gdynia was their fourth tournament together. The cooperation seems to be improving, their best result so far has been a quarterfinal in Lyon.
Their rivals have a more impressive CV. Bondarenko won two singles and four doubles, including one Grand Slam tournament (Australian Open 2008). Piter, before suffering from health issues, was in Top 100 in the rankings (WTA 95, in doubles – 67), and won Palermo (2013). She hasn’t forgotten how to play solo – she was a few games away from defeating Petra Kvitova in Bad Hambourg a month ago (she was up a break in the deciding set).
In Gdynia she said:
You can’t say we were close to winning a title. Opponents played a very solid match, almost didn’t make any mistakes – sumarized the Pole.
Despite not being thrilled about the last match, Piter was happy about the week overall.
It’s a wonderful feeling to have family close. In tennis we are usually very lonely – said Piter. Our finalist came to Gdynia with her father – coach, and Bondarenko with her husband and two daughters, one of whom she practiced with every day during a warm up.
Katarzyna Piter is now taking a week off and then she’s going to Romania to look for ranking points. She, or rather, they will need it, in order to qualify for the US Open. Even though they didn’t win the tile in Gdynia, they felt so good together that they would like to seal their friendship with even bigger results.