Doubles Take looks back at the last Grand Slam of the season, plus gives a peek at what's going on in the days ahead.
TAKING TWO BITES OF THE BIG APPLE
It was a weekend to remember for Martina Hingis.
The Hall of Famer made sure her visit to the US Open was twice as nice. On Saturday, she and her partner Jamie Murray captured their second major title in a row, defeating Hao-Ching Chan and Michael Venus in the mixed doubles final.
The next day, Hingis was back on Arthur Ashe Stadium with Yung-Jan Chan for the women’s doubles final. The team won their first Grand Slam title together, posting a straight-sets victory over Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova.
From the first ball this fortnight, Hingis and Chan were on a mission. The closest any team got to taking a set from the pair was in the third round, when Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova pushed them to a 7-5 second set.
For Chan, it’s her first Grand Slam title after four runner-up finishes in women’s doubles and mixed. Hingis now has 25 total majors on her ledger, as she pulled off her third career “double-double”—winning the mixed and women’s events at the same major. It’s the second time she’s done it in New York, accomplishing the feat with Sania Mirza and Leander Paes back in 2015.
WINNING ALL AROUND
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau entered the US Open in good form, having taken home the title at the Winston-Salem Open right before the start of the year’s last major.
That strong play was on display throughout their run in New York as the team took home the title with a straight-sets win over Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in the final.
It’s the second Grand Slam title for the pair, having won Wimbledon in 2015.
Rojer also made a political statement—with his wardrobe, no less.
A LOOK AHEAD
It’s another major event for a select few on the men’s side as the Davis Cup semifinals are this weekend. Australia, with world No. 2 doubles player John Peers, travels to Belgium.
On the other side of the draw, France—with Grand Slam titlists Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in its lineup—hosts Serbia, with veteran doubles star Nenad Zimonjic in the role of player-captain.
The women have two tournaments on the docket: the Japan Open, where the doubles draw is led by Makoto Ninomiya and Renata Voracova, and the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec, Canada. There, the top seeds are Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova, and US Open finalist Hradecka is seeded second with Barbora Krejcikova.
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