Rio 2016: Makarova and Vesnina take doubles gold for Russia


Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets to win women's doubles Olympic gold for Russia on Sunday.

An Olympic medal was among the few major honours missing in Hingis' collection before she arrived to Rio and the veteran Swiss had to be content with silver after Makarova and Vesnina triumphed 6-4 6-4.

Just one break in each set enabled the Russian duo to take the title, with Hingis and Bacsinszky - only playing due Belinda Bencic's withdrawal - unable to grasp any of their break-point opportunities.

Makarova and Vesnina, who have combined to win two doubles majors, came up with 36 winners and took gold despite making 28 unforced errors as the Swiss pair failed to pull off a repeat of their semi-final fightback against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

The 35-year-old Hingis was making her second Olympic appearance 20 years after her first in Atlanta.

Hlavackova and Hradecka lost to Czech compatriots Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in the bronze medal match.