Cara, Mirza lose in final

BEIJING - Andrea Hlavackova and Peng Shuai held off a spirited late comeback from No.2 seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza to win the China Open.

At a set and 4-0 up Hlavackova and Peng appeared to be cruising towards their first title together, but they were forced to overcome some late jitters before eventually triumphing, 6-4, 6-4.

Peng's nerves were clear for all to see when serving for the match, a couple of loose points gifting Black and Mirza a 0-30 advantage. Urged on by a partisan crowd, the No.5 seeds eventually got over the line on their third match point, Peng smashing a way through their opponent's stubborn defenses.

"It's really exciting to win because it is the second tournament together for me and Andrea," Peng said. "In the second set when we were up 4-0, I was so tight and at that moment I could not even swing at the ball.

"It's really thanks to Andrea that we won. She kept talking to me, smiling out there and making me loose. After the match in the locker room, we said to each other, 'It's not bad idea we teamed up!'"

In their first tournament together, last week in Wuhan, Hlavackova and Peng reached the semifinals, where they lost to Black and Caroline Garcia on a match tie-break. This time, they made no mistake, taking home the silverware without dropping a set.

"I feel like we improved from Wuhan because there we only had three matches," Hlavackova said. "I feel like here we played every match very well and that's a great, great feeling."

Peng recently announced that she would be ending her long-term partnership with Hsieh Su-Wei at the end of the year, while Hlavackova has struggled to find a regular partner since splitting with Lucie Hradecka. But despite their immediate success in unison, neither player would be drawn on their future plans.

"In a few days, probably after Tainjin, we'll sit down and talk with our coaches. Talk about our plans for the next year, about our schedule in doubles," Peng, who now has 17 WTA titles, said.

"We definitely needed to play a few more matches before we talk about future partnership," Hlavackova added. "It's nice that we played very well. Now we have to look at the schedules and think about it. We both have plans for next year. We have to talk about it probably in next few days. We will see." – WTATour

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