Top pair up­set in women’s dou­bles

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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

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