The latest at the Australian Open on Saturday (all local times):
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova moved closer to a career Grand Slam in doubles when they won their first Australian Open title on Sunday, beating Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-7(3), 6- 4, 6-4.
The Czech duo have already won two French Open and a Wimbledon title as well as Olympic gold medals. But their victory on Sunday earned them their fourth Grand Slam title in five finals and their first on hard courts.
The top seeds were forced to fight to the bitter end by their unseeded rivals, dropping a set for the first time in the tournament and battling 2 hours and 42 minutes before claiming victory.
Siniakova first served for the match at 5-2 in the third set, but Danilina of Kazakhstan and Haddad Maia of Brazil broke her serve to extend the game. Krejikova finally served the match at the next opportunity.
The pair have been doubles partners since junior tennis and won the French Open junior title against a partnership including Haddad Maia.
Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova rallied to tie the Australian Open women’s doubles final against non-seeded Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia after losing the first set.
Danilina from Kazakhstan and Haddad Maia from Brazil won the first set 7-6(3) but the Czech pair of Krejcikova and Siniakova tied the match when they won the second set 6-4.
The top seeds broke Haddad Maia’s serve in the opener of the second set and held on to that advantage to send the game into a deciding third set.
Krejcikova faced a break point in game six but held on to the seeded advantage.
The Czech pair are in contention for their first Australian Open title, having lost in last year’s final, and are targeting their fourth Grand Slam doubles title, their first on a hard court. They won Roland-Garros in 2018 and 2021 and Wimbledon in 2018.
The pair are also Olympic champions.
Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia’s surprising rise as a doubles partnership continued on Sunday when they won the first set of the Australian Open women’s final 7-6(3) against the seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.
Danilina of Kazakhstan and Haddad Maia of Brazil have won all nine matches together since their doubles partnership, including the Sydney International final ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.
They led twice by a break of serve in Sunday’s final before Krejcikova and Siniakova rallied to bring the set into a tiebreaker.
Danilina and Haddad Maia broke Siniakova in the third game of the first set and both held serve to go ahead 4-2. Krejcikova and Siniakova broke Danilina in the eighth game to tie the game.
Siniakova dropped her serve again in the 11th game, but the top-ranked pair again hit back immediately.
Danilina and Haddad Maia then took the first six points of the tie-break before winning the first set 7-6 (3).
Before Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev take center stage in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open on Sunday, top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova will face Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final women’s doubles.
Krejcikova and Siniakova will make the final for the second straight year after losing to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in last year’s final. The Czech pair will also be looking to close in on a career doubles slam after winning the French Open in 2018 and 2021 and Wimbledon in 2018.
Krejcikova and Siniakova were also Olympic champions last year.
They reached the final with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova and Belgium’s Mertens who was trying to win her second straight Australian Open final.
“We had to go through a lot of tough games to get to the final, so I think I can say for both of us that we’re really proud and looking forward to the final,” Krejcikova said after the semi-final win. .
Danilina of Kazakhstan and Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil defeated the second-seeded Japanese duo of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in the semifinals. They are unbeaten in nine matches together.
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