Melbourne: The Russians were up 5-2 in the third and deciding set and and twice served for the championship, but they couldn’t find the killer touch and lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Roberta Vinci (left) and Sara Errani pose with their winners’ trophy in Melbourne yesterday. Pic/AFP.

Errani and Vinci, the top seeds, were in their third straight Australian final and the win was their fourth Grand Slam crown, following Roland Garros and the US Open in 2012 and Australia last year. Errani and Vinci had earlier dispatched the fourth seeded pairing of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik 6-1, 6-4.