French duo win Paris women’s doubles crown

French fifth seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic defeated Russian seventh seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina to win the women’s doubles final at Roland Garros on Sunday.

The hometown duo needed two hours and seven minutes and three sets to get past Mladenovic and Makarova 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to clinch their first grand slam title.

It was also the first time that an all-French pair had won the Paris crown since 1971 when Gail Chanfreau and Françoise Dürr defeated the Australian duo of Helen Gourlay Cawley and Kerry Harris in straight sets.

The French duo has had a very successful time of late winning titles in Charleston, Stuttgart, Madrid and now Paris after initially teaming up with the plan to play for France at this year’s Rio Olympics.

Makarova and Vesnina have previously been grand slam champions winning the 2013 Roland Garros and 2014 US Open titles.

In the first set after a long opening game, the French pair raced to a 5-0 lead but the Russian duo fought back saving six sets points to get to 3-5.

On the fourth set point while serving Garcia and Mladenovic claimed the opening set 6-3.

The Russians dominated the second set by breaking serve three times to win the set 6-2 in 33 minutes.

In the first four games of the second set there were two breaks of serve. Then things went with serve until the scores were tied at 4-4 after the French had saved four break points.

The decisive break came in the ninth game on the second break point and the French duo served out the match to win 6-4 claiming 12 of the last 15 points.

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