Mertens, Sabalenka win US Open doubles title

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Mertens, Sabalenka capture first Grand Slam title in women’s doubles at US Open

NEW YORK, NY, USA’–‘No.4 seeds Elise Mertens of Belgium and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus finished a brilliant season on American hardcourts by winning their first Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday, defeating No.8 seeds Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Ashleigh Barty of Australia, 7-5, 7-5, to clinch the women’s doubles championship.

“I think from the start of the season, start of the year actually, well, we were, like, ‘We’re going to play together,'” Mertens said in their champions’ press conference.'”We didn’t think we would achieve this big thing. Really happy about it, and I think we are growing as two doubles players playing together.”

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Date: 2019-09-08T18:12:43+00:00
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Mertens and Sabalenka win first Grand Slam title at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won their first career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 win over Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open doubles final on Sunday.

The match ended in dramatic fashion when both Mertens and Sabalenka were drawn into the net and Barty sent a lob over both their heads.

Sabalenka raced back to track it down and managed to put it back in play but Azarenka misfired with her overhead smash.

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The win caps a dominant run by the pair, who completed the Sunshine Double with wins in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this year before making their first appearance in a major final together.

Publisher: U.S.
Date: 2019-09-08T19:43:22+0000
Author: Rory Carroll
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Tennis-Mertens and Sabalenka win first Grand Slam title at U.S. Open

“I just think it’s the crowd. I mean they keep me going every time,” the Belgian said in an on-court interview.

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“Thank you girls, for this amazing final. It was a great fight and I enjoyed every second,” she said.

The win denied Barty in her bid for back-to-back U.S. Open doubles victories after claiming her maiden Grand Slam doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe in New York last year.

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“It was a pleasure to play with her and I hope we can continue to play together in the future.” (Additional reporting by Amy Tennery Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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Mertens, Sabalenka win US Open women’s doubles title

NEW YORK (AP) ‘ Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka are both focused on their promising singles careers.

But if they’re going to play doubles, they may as well win a Grand Slam tournament. Mertens and Sabalenka defeated Victoria Azarenka and Ash Barty 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium to win the U.S. Open women’s doubles championship. Mertens and Sabalenka lost only one set in the tournament and won their first Grand Slam title as a team. The fourth-seeded team faced only one other seeded team on their way to the title.

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“Even if we lose singles, and it’s always tough, we still committed to play doubles,” Mertens said. “Of course in a Grand Slam you want to win, you want to win matches. You want to win this title. So we’re just 100 percent committed to both. Of course, singles is a priority still.”

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Mertens and Sabalenka take US Open women’s doubles crown

“I can’t believe we won a Grand Slam,” Mertens said. “It’s all so new. Thanks to Aryna. I keep her going. She keeps me going.”

Sabalenka’s overhead smash produced a break to win the first set and it was an Azarenka overhead smash beyond the baseline that ended matters after 97 minutes.

“It’s like something unbelievable this year happened, especially in doubles,” Sabalenka said. “I’ve enjoyed every second on the court.”

Mertens and Sabalenka won the only prior meeting between the duos on the way to capturing the Miami title.

Barty, who takes over Monday as world number one in singles, won last year’s US Open title with American CoCo Vandeweghe.

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