No. 1 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova recovered from a set down to avoid a surprise loss and win their first Australian Open title as a pair. Krejcikova and Siniakova struggled early on but in the beat Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-7 (3) 6-4 6-4.
Krejcikova and Siniakova twice recovered from a break down in the first set to force a tie-break but fell short in their bid sto steal the first set as Danilina and Maia realized their fourth set point in the tie-break.
After losing the first set, Krejcikova and Siniakova broke Danilina and Haddad Maia in the opening game of the second set and served out for a decider in the 10th game. Danilina and Haddad Maia led 2-1 in the third set before Krejcikova and Siniakova claimed back-to-back breaks to take a 5-2 lead.
Krejcikova and Siniakova failed to serve out for the match in the eighth game but had no problems serving out for the match in the 10th game.
Krejcikova, Siniakova reflect on winning the title
"It's amazing," Siniakova said in the post-match press conference.
"After playing last year the final, we are so happy that we have the title. It was a really big fight, and we needed to push hard. "We were fighting hard to get the Australian one. So it's just really exciting and super happy, because the focus on the Grand Slam ...
you want to get these titles, the big ones, so I'm just extremely happy that we got it." Krejcikova added: "Last year we finished in the finals, so just to get again all the way to the finals and finally making it, it's perfect.
It's like a huge, I would say, relief. We're just extremely happy that it's finally our trophy. "In the second set I was just telling Katka, 'Let's keep going, let's keep playing, we're gonna get our chances again, and we have to convert them.'
I think this was pretty much the key in second set that we convert the chances. Same thing [in the] third set. This match was really tight and it was a really long match."
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