Zvonareva breaks down in tears after losing two finals in same day

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Vera Zvonareva endured the agony of losing not once but twice at the weekend as she followed up her defeat to Serena Williams in the singles final with loss in the women's doubles final.

Hours after losing to Williams, Zvonareva and fellow Russian Elena Vesnina were beaten by the American Vania King and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6, 6-2. Zvonareva, who lost her serve once in each set, was in tears before the second began and again after the match.

King and Shvedova are only the fifth unseeded pair to win the title since seedings began in 1927, and Shvedova is the first player from Kazakhstan to win a Wimbledon championship.

"I'm sure for both of us, it really hasn't gotten in our heads that we just won Wimbledon," King said. "But maybe tomorrow or maybe next week. So, yeah, I think, I mean, right now, I don't know what to say."

The women's doubles final was the tournament's first to feature two unseeded pairs since 1975.

Earlier on Saturday, Jürgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner had eased to a quick-fire victory over Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau to win the men's doubles. Austrian Melzer and Germany's Petzschner dispatched the 16th seeds 6-1, 7-5, 7-5 on a sun-baked Centre Court.

"I think we played really well. We played incredible tennis in the first set," Petzschner said. "We played one of our best matches and deserved the win."

The victory secured a maiden Grand Slam title for both players who never looked in serious danger of relinquishing their grip on the match after breaking their opponents three times in the opening set. The unseeded pair out-muscled their opponents with some stinging ground strokes from the back of the court and sharp net play.