Roland Garros: Barbora Krejcikova adds women’s doubles to singles title

Krejcikova is the first player since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win both the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros. She teamed up with Siniakova to win their 3rd women's doubles major.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova are jumping in delight with their trophy; Credit: [email protected]

Barbora Krejcikova capped off an impressive couple of weeks by winning her second Roland Garros trophy in two days. After winning the singles finals, beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday, she also won the women’s doubles title. Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have now clinched their second French Open women’s doubles title, defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Swiatek in the final. Krejcikova is the first player since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win both the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros. The 25-year-old Czech player also becomes the first player to sweep both of those events at any Grand Slam tournament since Serena Williams managed it at 2016 Wimbldon.

The No.2-seeded Czechs defeated No.14 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Iga Swiatek of Poland, 6-4, 6-2 to bag the French Open women’s doubles title for the second time. The pair has now won three Grand Slam women’s doubles titles in their careers. They won their first title in Paris in 2018, and they followed it up with the Wimbledon trophy the following month.

It is to be noted that the Czech duo had finished as runners-up to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka at this year’s Australian Open. However, they improved on that performance to go one step further to lift the clay courts Grand Slam in Paris with their one-hour and 14-minute victory over Mattek-Sands and Swiatek. On the back of the impressive week, Krejcikova is set to return to WTA Doubles World No.1 on Monday.

Earlier, Krejcikova and Siniakova started on the front foot, taking a 4-0 lead in the first set. Then, Swiatek was able to get her team on the board by holding serve for 4-1, and soon Mattek-Sands and Swiatek did well to fight back but the No.2-seeded Czechs saw out the set.

In the second set, Krejcikova’s return winner put her team ahead at 3-2. From there on, Siniakova dominated at net and both compensated each other well, clinching a second break and a 5-2 lead. Siniakova then knocked off a backhand winner to win the Grand Slam title.

Herbert-Mahut bag men’s doubles title

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut showed great character to fightback from a set and a break down to beat Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev for their second Roland Garros title on Saturday. The home favourites won 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes. They have now become the first all-French team to triumph at the clay-court Grand Slam twice.

“At the end we’re here with the trophy. It’s amazing,” Mahut said. “With the family, with our wives, sons, it’s something that you’re lucky when it happen once in your life. This is the second time for us. We could not be any happier tonight.”

“From the start to the end, we had amazing support,” Herbert added. “Maybe the best support I’ve had in my whole life for a two-week tournament. The final was terrible for me as I was tight the whole match. I wanted it so badly, maybe even more than the other four, so to win was really special.”

It is the pair’s fifth Grand Slam title overall. They have won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open titles once.

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