Australian Open: Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova bag women's doubles title

No.1 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have clinched their fourth Grand Slam women's doubles title as a team.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova with their Australian Open trophy; Credit: [email protected]

No.1 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova rallied from a set deficit to clinch their first Australian Open title in sensational fashion on Sunday. The Czech duo showed extreme grit to overcome a spirited effort from the unseeded pair of Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan and Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the Championship match. The final scoreline read 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, as the duo bagged their fourth career Grand Slam women’s doubles title. On the other hand, the scintillating run by Danilina and Haddad Maia, who paired up for the first time two weeks ago and quickly won the Sydney title before making their first Grand Slam final in Melbourne, ended on Sunday.

“It’s amazing,” Siniakova said, in the post-match press conference. “After playing last year the final, we are so happy that we have the title. It was a really big fight, and we needed to push hard. We were fighting hard to get the Australian one. So it’s just really exciting and super happy, because the focus on the Grand Slam … you want to get these titles, the big ones, so I’m just extremely happy that we got it.”

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‘This match was really tight’

“Last year we finished in the finals, so just to get again all the way to the finals and finally making it, it’s perfect,” added Krejcikova. “It’s like a huge, I would say, relief. We’re just extremely happy that it’s finally our trophy. In the second set I was just telling Katka, ‘Let’s keep going, let’s keep playing, we’re gonna get our chances again, and we have to convert them.’ I think this was pretty much the key in second set that we convert the chances. Same thing [in the] third set. This match was really tight and it was a really long match.”

Notably, Siniakova, ranked WTA Doubles World No.1, and Krejcikova, No.2 in the doubles rankings, had finished as runners-up in Melbourne last season. They lost to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka. However, this time they got their hands on the trophy, surviving the 2-hour and 42-minute contest. 

Krejcikova and Siniakova will add this to their two Roland Garros titles (2018 and 2021) and their 2018 Wimbledon crown. They are now a US Open title short of completing the career Grand Slam. In women’s doubles Grand Slam finals, Krejcikova and Siniakova are now 4-1. Overall, it is Siniakova’s 16th career WTA doubles title and the 12th for Krejcikova.

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