Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos successfully defended their women’s doubles title at the French Open on Sunday. The French-Hungarian pair defeated the 14th-seeded American-Chilean team of Desirae Krawczyk and Alexa Guarachi in the final.
Mladenovic and Babos won in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Despite the straight-sets’ score-line, the second seeds encountered stiff resistance from their opponents.
2020 Roland Garros: Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos' unrelentlessness
In the opening set, Mladenovic and Babos were the first to break to go up 2-1 in the set only to be broken right back.
A second break of the 14th seeds’ serve in the seventh game and an ensuing consolidation put them within just a game of winning the opening set. In the ninth game, on Krawczyk and Guarachi’s serve, Mladenovic and Babos had two set points but the former pairing saved both, forcing the higher-ranked team to serve for the set.
Mladenovic and Babos raised two more set points on their own serve in the 10th game but Krawczyk and Guarachi eliminated both. They also had two break points for their second break back in the set. However, it was not to be for the 14th seeds as Mladenovic and Babos saved both break points and finally took the set on their fifth set point.
The second set featured seven breaks of serve in total. As in the first set, the second seeds took the upper hand in the set with a break in the third game and consolidated it to go up 3-1. A break-fest began from the sixth game onwards.
Krawczyk and Guarachi broke to level the set at 3-all but were broken right back by Mladenovic and Babos who once again led 4-3. The eighth and ninth games were breaks and re-breaks, with the defending champions getting their first chance to serve for the match in the 10th game.
However, they were broken yet again. The seventh service break of the set, in its 11th game, went Mladenovic and Babos’ way giving them a chance to serve for the match for the second time in the 12th game. Given a second opportunity, Mladenovic and Babos did not concede any ground and took the win off Mladenovic’s winner.
Speaking of whom, this is Kristina Mladenovic’s third French Open doubles title. She won her first title at the Major with Caroline Garcia in 2016, and then her second and third with Timea Babos. Photo Credit: Roland Garros Twitter