Top pair upset in women’s doubles
Melbourne – France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos of Hungary upset top seeds Hsieh Suwei and Barbora Strycova to win their second Australian Open women’s doubles title in three years yesterday.
The pair beat the reigning Wimbledon champions 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour to claim their third Grand Slam title together and 10th overall.
Mladenovic, who won the Fed Cup with France in Perth in November, also reached last year’s Melbourne doubles final with Babos, going down to Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai.
“There’s just something about Australia – we love coming back,” said Babos. “Our performance becomes better and better each time.”
Mladenovic and Babos, the second seeds, had lost their only previous meeting with Hsieh and Strycova in the Wimbledon semi-finals last year. – AFP