Australian Open: Unseeded Sam Stosur, Zhang Shuai lift women’s doubles title

first_imgAustralian Open: Unseeded Sam Stosur, Zhang Shuai lift women’s doubles titleSam Stosur and Zhang Shuai, who were unseeded beat the defending champions and second seed Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final.advertisement Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 13:49 IST Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai won their first Grand Slam doubles title together (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSam Stosur, Zhang Shuai beat second seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4Stosur claimed her third Grand Slam doubles title, while Zhang celebrated her firstThe victory on Friday was the 10th in a row for Australia’s Stosur and China’s ZhangUnseeded pair Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai defeated second seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4 to claim the women’s doubles title at the Australian Open on Friday.Australian Stosur, who has a history of suffering attacks of nerves in front of home fans, struggled to serve out the match at Rod Laver Arena and double-faulted on match point.But she and China’s Zhang held on and claimed the win when Hungary’s Babos struck long in a baseline duel with Stosur.Stosur claimed her third Grand Slam doubles title after winning the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open, while Zhang celebrated her first.”We have a great friendship and I think that really shows when we play.”@bambamsam30 credits partner @zhangshuai121 for their #AusOpen title. pic.twitter.com/Wl57GNIGJI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019.@zhangshuai121 considered retirement in 2015. @bambamsam30 urged her to keep playing.Four years later, they are Grand Slam champions together #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/IP1vtMCgdo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019Also Read | Outdoor matches suspended at Australian Open due to heat wave and blackoutsAlso Read | Naomi Osaka sets up final vs Petra Kvitova after beating Karolina PliskovaAlso Read | Rafael Nadal outclasses Stefanos Tsitsipas to storm into finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Sam StosurFollow Zhang ShuaiFollow women’s doubles titleFollow unseeded pairlast_img

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