Australian Open 2020: Timea Babos-Kristina Mladenovic beat Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-wei to clinch second doubles title

Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic have combined to win their second Australian Open women's doubles title in three years.

The Associated Press January 31, 2020 14:55:27 IST
Australian Open 2020: Timea Babos-Kristina Mladenovic beat Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-wei to clinch second doubles title
  • Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic have combined to win their second Australian Open women's doubles title in three years

  • The pair routed top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-1 under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena because of the extreme heat in Melbourne

  • It was a third consecutive final at Melbourne Park for Babos of Hungary and Mladenovic of France, who were runners-up last year, and their sixth Grand Slam final

Melbourne: Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic have combined to win their second Australian Open women's doubles title in three years.

Australian Open 2020 Timea BabosKristina Mladenovic beat Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Suwei to clinch second doubles title

Hungary's Timea Babos, left, and France's Kristina Mladenovic kiss the Australian Open women's doubles trophy after defeating Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open. AP

The pair routed top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-1 on Friday under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena because of the extreme heat in Melbourne.

It was a third consecutive final at Melbourne Park for Babos of Hungary and Mladenovic of France, who were runners-up last year, and their sixth Grand Slam final.

They won the 2018 Australian Open and the 2019 French Open and were also runners-up at Wimbledon in 2014 and the US Open in 2018.

Babos and Mladenovic are on a roll as a team, finishing last year strongly by defending their WTA Finals title with a victory over Hsieh and Strycova in the final.

“We both lost pretty early in the tournament in singles. It's tough because we are competitors (and) it's not always easy to kind of stick around and keep working and believing,” Mdadenovic said.

“It's the beginning of the season, so you expect much of yourself. It makes it just so much easier to have your best friend by your side because you can fulfill those long days of work with a best friend or family around, I'm very grateful," she added.

Babos summed up their Melbourne Park success, saying: "There's something about Australia and this amazing court that we love."

There was some consolation for Hsieh, who regained the World No 1 doubles ranking from Strycova even in defeat.

Hsieh and Strycova, the 2019 Wimbledon champions, won the Brisbane International title earlier this month and were unbeaten in their previous nine matches in 2020. But the top seeds were powerless to stop the succession of winners flowing off the rackets of their opponents and main rivals on the women's tour.

Babos and Mladenovic made only four unforced errors in a dominant display.

With the temperature soaring to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), the mixed doubles semi-finals and women's doubles final were played under a closed roof at Rod Laver Arena.

A brief rain shower in the afternoon helped lower the temperature to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) during the late afternoon.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Rafael Nadal takes veiled swipe at Novak Djokovic over quarantine complaints
Sports

Rafael Nadal takes veiled swipe at Novak Djokovic over quarantine complaints

Rafael Nadal has taken an apparent swipe at Novak Djokovic over his requests for quarantined players preparing for the Australian Open, saying not everyone felt the need to "advertise" how they were trying to help.

Australian Open 2020: Former World No 1 Andy Murray pulls out of tournament after testing positive for COVID-19
Sports

Australian Open 2020: Former World No 1 Andy Murray pulls out of tournament after testing positive for COVID-19

Murray has finished his period of self-isolation and had hoped to compete in the first Grand Slam of 2021 in Melbourne.

Australian Open 2021: Andy Murray tests COVID-19 positive, participation in doubt
Sports

Australian Open 2021: Andy Murray tests COVID-19 positive, participation in doubt

Murray, who has finished runner-up in Melbourne on five separate occasions, is currently isolating at home, and is still hopeful of competing in the tournament.