The top-ranked pairing of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta won their first Grand Slam title on Friday, this after making it until the quarterfinals in the past year’s Grand Slams and in the semis in Wimbledon.

Dulko and Pennetta rank number one and two respectively among doubles players, which made their pairing one that was hard to beat. The game lasted for a set and 4-1 down, but even the winners were surprised at how the quickly it was over.

'’We were like in shock … a set and 4-1 down. In the changeover, we were like looking each other and saying, ‘C’mon, we play less than an hour. We cannot finish the match playing less than an hour in the final, Dulko said. They were already up a break at 3-1 before breaking when Maria Kirilenko netted a backhand. They broke Kirilenko and Victoria Azarenka to close the match in the next service game.

This was the first Grand Slam tournament for the opposing team. Azarenka was a two-time Grand Slam finalist. She reached the finals at last year’s Melbourne Park playing with Shahar Peer. The winning team won seven titles in doubles in 2010, keeping a winning streak that lasted for 17 matches. Pennetta showed their optimism by saying, ‘‘Last year was a great year, this year we are starting really good.”

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    OK, I really hate to do this but I feel like I must. Federer plaeyd the 2 MS tournaments getting to the finals of both. He benefitted from 2 retirements. The thing is that Fish never plaeyd Toronto, so in essence it all kind of worked out at the end quite evenly, don't you think, seeing as Federer plaeyd Sunday in Toronto, flew to Cincy and up to Wednesday afternoon when he was doing media for the event he had not practiced as yet. Methinks that while Federer may have had it easier than Mardy with the retirements, at the end of the day Mardy got some time off as he did not have to play 5 continuous days the previous week, 2 of those matches actually went to 3 and the final was not easy either. Just throwing that out there in Fed's defence. Finally, it was a well fought and well plaeyd match. Could we be seeing a possible evolution of the game when it was more than a grind and players actually came forward. Would love to see the game evolving once again, but I doubt if the technology will permit it.