Czechs Krejcikova, Siniakova ease to Wimbledon doubles crown

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2022 Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova and Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova pose with a trophy after winning the women’s doubles final against China’s Zhang Shuai and Belgium’s Elise Mertens REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON – The Czech pair of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova beat top seeds Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-4 on Sunday to win the Wimbledon women’s doubles title for the second time.

The second seeds, who also won the event in 2018, dropped only one set en route to their fifth Grand Slam title and their second of the year after winning the Australian Open.

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While the men’s doubles final on Saturday lasted over four hours, the women’s match was done and dusted in 67 minutes as the Czechs stamped their authority and denied Belgian Mertens back-to-back titles at the All England Club.

“Always playing Wimbledon final, I think it doesn’t really matter what category you play, you always get goosebumps when you enter the court,” Krejcikova told reporters.

“For us, we really like to play on a big court, so I think we really enjoyed the atmosphere. From the very first point we really, really wanted to win. I’m really proud of us, that we managed to do that and that we get another trophy.”

The Czech pair broke early to take a 3-0 lead in the opening set and did not look back as they wrapped it up in half an hour.

Although they were in a spot of bother when they were broken at 3-3 in the second, opening the door for Mertens and Zhang to make a comeback, they rallied to win the next three games for the loss of only one point to seal victory.