Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe won the U.S. Open women’s doubles final, beating Hungarian Tímea Babos and French Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 7-6 and 7-6 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Although Australian Open champions Babos and Mladenovic had three match points, the No. 13 seeded American and Australian saved all and won their first Grand Slam final as a team, beating the No. 2 seeded team after two hours and 30 minutes.
WTA Doubles No.1 Babos and her partner Mladenovic saved two match points in the 10th game of the final set as they forced the tiebreaker, giving themselves a third chance at 6-5 in the decider.
Barty and Vandeweghe saved it to earn a third match point of their own on Mladenovic’s serve and the French player double-faulted.
Babos – chasing her second Grand Slam title after winning the Australian Open with Mladovic – said at the press conference:
We had all the opportunities. We mustn’t lie about this. We were all over them and controlling the whole match. I think it just slipped out of our hands in the second set, and then, after we were down big-time and we were really fighting till the end, and this is why they are such a great team. I mean, for now, personally, me, I don’t have regrets. We gave everything what we had. It was a great opportunity, but 100% sure that the way we play we will have a lot, lot, lot more.
via nytimes.com, beinsports.com, wtatennis.com