Australian Open: Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova win women’s doubles title

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won gold at the Tokyo Olympics
Dates: 17-30 January Venue: Melbourne Park
Coverage: Daily radio commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Sport website and app, with selected live text commentaries online; TV highlights from middle Saturday.

Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova claimed their first Australian Open women’s doubles title as they defeated Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final.

The Czech pair fought back from a set down to win 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4 in two hours 42 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

It is a fourth major title for Krejcikova and Siniakova, who were runners-up at the 2021 Australian Open.

They are now a US Open title away from completing a career Grand Slam.

Four breaks of serve were exchanged in the opening set, as Kazakh Danilina and Brazilian Haddad Maia broke for a second time at 6-6 before dominating the tie-break.

A single break in the opening game of the second set proved enough for the top seeds to level the match.

Krejcikova, 26, and Siniakova, 25, then forced a double break to lead 5-2 in the decider and were able to hold on despite dropping serve in the following game.

That inflicted a first defeat on Danilina and Haddad Maia, who won their first nine matches together and triumphed in Sydney prior to the Australian Open.

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