Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva romped past third-seeded Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 6-4.© AFP
First-time doubles duo Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva won america Open women’s doubles on Friday, defeating China’s Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar of the USA in straight sets in the last. Germany’s Siegemund and Russian partner Zvonareva had never played doubles together before this year’s US Open. On the other hand, the unseeded pairing romped past the third-seeded Xu and Melichar 6-4, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium to cap a fairytale victory.
It was once a third major doubles title for the 36-year-old Zvonareva, who won america Open in 2006 with Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy in addition to the 2012 Australian Open alongside compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Siegemund, 32, had won america Open mixed doubles title in 2016 with Mate Pavic, but had never won a women’s doubles title.
Siegemund and Zvonareva had been on a giant-killing run in New York, dumping out seventh seeds Victoria Azarenka and Sofia Kenin in the second one round before getting rid of defending champions Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in the quarter-finals.
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