Babos and Mladenovic enjoy sweet revenge after U.S. Open drama
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic enjoyed a sweet revenge after their heartbreak at the US Open when they kept their French Open double title and won their fourth Grand Slam as a couple on Sunday.
Hungarian Babos and local favorite Kristina Mladenovic, who were withdrawn from the US Open due to COVID-19 protocols, now have four of the last 11 women majors with a 6-4 7-5 win over Desirae Krawczyk and Alexa Guarachi won in the Roland Garros final.
Mladenovic and Babos were withdrawn from the tournament ahead of the second round at Flushing Meadows after the Frenchwoman was forced to stay in quarantine in her hotel room after playing cards with Benoit Paire, who tested positive for COVID-19.
"Just a few weeks after the unjustified disqualification from the US Open, there is something very strong to be here with you and with this trophy," said Mladenovic in her post-game speech to Babos after the couple won the Simonne Mathieu Cup.
"Physically and mentally I am exhausted today. You carried me all the way, I am proud to have you as a partner."
Mladenovic now has five double titles for women, having also won the French Open with compatriot Caroline Garcia.
The final on Sunday was an intense competition in which nerves played a role. 10 of the 22 games were against serve.
After an early break trade, the second seeds Mladenovic and Babos stole the 14th seeds, which the American Krawzcyk and the Chilean Guarachi pitched 5-3, and sunk the opening set in 50 minutes.
Babos, who won all of her women's doubles titles with Mladenovic, served 5-4 for the game after five games against serve, but the pair was broken again, only Mladenovic was able to finish it off with a forehand winner down the line another pause.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Christian Radnedge)
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