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Mattek-Sands and Safarova win French Open doubles


The US’ Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova kiss the Simone-Mathieu Cup yesterday after winning the women’s doubles final match of the French Open at the Stade Roland Garros in Pari.

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The US’ Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova yesterday claimed their third consecutive Grand Slam doubles title with a convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory over Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua at the French Open.

The top-seeded Mattek-Sands and Safarova, who also won last year’s US Open and this year’s Australian Open, are one Grand Slam away from holding all four majors at the same time.

The Australian duo, who were bidding for their first Grand Slam title together, struggled for the majority of the hour-long contest after their serve was broken three times in each set.

However, Mattek-Sands praised her opponents, who had dropped just one set on their way to the final.

“You guys have done a great job and you’re an awesome team,” the 32-year-old said. “I’m sure we’re gonna be facing you again soon.”

The Australian pair reached three Grand Slam finals together in 2013 without taking home the trophy and were unable to end their long wait in Paris, while Dellacqua’s overall record in women’s doubles finals is 0-7.

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