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Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina win Wimbledon doubles title

LONDON -- First, there was one of the longest doubles finals in Wimbledon history. And then there was one of the shortest.

The men's final was the first match on Centre Court after the women's singles championship Saturday. Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo beat Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 13-11 in a match that lasted 4 hours, 40 minutes -- only 21 minutes shorter than the longest men's doubles final in history.

That was followed by the women's doubles final, which Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won 6-0, 6-0 over Hao-Ching Chan and Monica Niculescu.

The entire women's match was played indoors on the Centre Court grass. It began at 9:30 p.m. local time and lasted 55 minutes.

"We were sitting and waiting. We knew that it's going to be five sets. We knew it was going to be drama at the end. We knew it was going to be something," Vesnina said. "Martina Navratilova told us, 'Do you know you girls have to finish till 11?'

"After the first set, I looked at the clock. OK, we're still fine."

It was Makarova and Vesnina's third Grand Slam title together. The 2016 Olympic doubles champions won the French Open in 2013 and the U.S. Open in 2014.

The result was the first "double bagel" in the women's doubles final since 1953, when Shirley Fry and Doris Hart beat Maureen Connolly and Julia Sampson 6-0, 6-0.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.