Tennis - Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua warmed up for the French Open in style - winning their second title as a team at the WTA Strasbourg International. Playing the unheralded duo of Tatiana Bua and Daniela Seguel, Barty and Dellacqua saved three match points, coming from 1-5 down in the second set to win 4-6, 7-5, 10-4.
Dellacqua, who is also back in the top 50 in singles after six years, commented, "We have lost many matches where we've been in their position. We have learned that in this format, you just have to hang in there.
That's what we did today. We hung around like a bad smell and eventually we got there." Barty, who has received a wild card into the singles draw at the French Open starting Sunday, commented, "This was our first win on clay.
We lost in the first round of the French last year and didn't have a chance to play beforehand. Knowing we're one of the few teams going in there having won our last match will give us a lot of confidence. Hopefully the draw will be kind to us and we can work our way in there, but you never know." Barty and Dellacqua reached three Grand Slam finals in doubles last year and will be hoping to win their first major in two weeks time.
Meanwhile, Karolina Pliskova and Michaella Krajicek won thee doubles title in Nurnberg after scoring a 6-0, 4-6, 10-8 win over Raluca Olaru and Shahar Peer. Pliskova had also reached the singles final in Nurnberg, but lost out to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard to finish runners-up.