Ebene News – AU – Mertens and Sabalenka win women’s doubles

Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka are the Australian Open women’s doubles champions after crushing Czech duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova

Belgians Mertens and Sabalenka of Belarus won their second Grand Slam title with a 6-2 6-3 victory in the final at Rod Laver Arena on Friday

The second-seeded duo won the 2019 US Open title, beating Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the final, in their first year playing as partners

“It has been a difficult two weeks and I want to thank everyone who made this tournament possible,” said Mertens

“Thanks to my partner and we haven’t had any fans for a few days and I’m really glad they are back”

They took advantage of a fragile serve from Siniakova, who inflicted six double faults in her two service matches in the first set

She seemed to have found her lineup in the second set to stay in the chase until the eighth game when she was broken for the third time and was in tears after the game

Sabalenka and Mertens had too much punching power from the back of the court for third seeds as World7 Sabalenka also did some serious damage with her serve

She tightened up serving in the final game, missing her first two league points, but the duo concluded their fourth chance

The duo also enjoyed strong Open singles campaigns this year, with Sabalenka being knocked out in the fourth round by Serena Williams while 16th-ranked Mertens fell to giant slayer Karolina Muchova at the same stadium.

Krejcikova will have another shot at glory by teaming up with American Rajeev Ram in the mixed doubles final

Aryna Sabalenka, Elise Mertens, Kateřina Siniaková, Barbora Krejčíková, Australian Open

Ebene News – UA – Mertens and Sabalenka win women’s doubles

Source: https://7news.com.au/sport/tennis/mertens-and-sabalenka-win-womens-doubles-c-2198061