Vera Zvonareva won the US Open women's doubles title for a second time as she and Laura Siegemund defeated third seeds Nicole Melichar and Yifan Xu at Flushing Meadows.

Zvonareva and Siegemund went two breaks up to lead 5-1 in the opening set before sealing it after a fightback from Melichar and Xu.

The unseeded pair then broke their opponents in the first game of the second set en route to wrapping up a 6-4 6-4 victory in what is their first tournament as a team.

The triumph comes 14 years after Zvonareva first won the title, alongside Nathalie Dechy, and it is a first grand slam success since winning the Australian Open with Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2012 for the 36-year-old Russian, who became a mother in 2016.

Zvonareva said on Amazon Prime: "It's always an unbelievable feeling to win a title, be it 14 years ago or now. It's always special. Thank you to my partner Laura - we kind of teamed up at the last moment and I really enjoyed spending my time on the court with her."

Germany's Siegemund, the 2016 mixed doubles champion for whom it was a maiden grand slam women's doubles title, was emotional in her on-court interview as she said: "I want to dedicate this win to my aunt. She passed away while I was here and I think she has the best seat in the house."