MOSCOW: Russia’s Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova have been named their country’s tennis duo of the year.
This was announced at the 23rd ceremony to present the annual national tennis award Russian Cup for those contributing to the development of the sport in the country, reports Tass.
Makarova-Vesnina clinched gold in the women’s doubles event at the Rio Olympics in August.
“This is a very special year for Russian tennis and for us,” Vesnina said on Monday.
“The Olympic Games were top priority for us. We dreamed about them since childhood. It was the dream of our heart to win gold medals, and when this happened, it was a great joy.”
“But this would not have happened without our background – our coaches, parents, the people who believed in us,” she added.
“I hope we have inspired boys and girls. One must believe in his or her dream, not to abandon it but work a lot instead.”