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Mattek-Sands and Safarova double up at Roland-Garros

By Michael Beattie   on   Sunday 11 June 2017
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History beckons for Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, who leave Roland-Garros as doubles champions for a second time and head to Wimbledon looking for a clean sweep at the majors.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova claimed their second Roland-Garros doubles title and third successive major crown in champion fashion on Sunday, defeating Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

The US-Czech duo have now won five major titles together, including the 2016 US Open and 2017 Australian Open having first lifted the Simone-Mathieu Cup in 2015.

“We have a little champagne in it,” Mattek-Sands admitted during their post-match press conference. “It's tradition to drink champagne out of the trophy, so I'm going to do so.”

The top seeds took Dellacqua’s serve to task from the outset, breaking the 32-year-old’s delivery twice in each set to pile on the pressure. The unseeded Aussies had been beaten Grand Slam doubles finalists together in Melbourne, Wimbledon and New York in 2013, and were confined to defeat once more when Dellacqua was broken for the final time after 66 minutes.

“We played really well today,” Mattek-Sands said. “We played a good team. We watched them play their semifinal match. They beat another good team in three sets, so we were kind of ready with what they were going to bring out on the court.

I mean, finals day is final day. I mean, we were ready. We have been there obviously before. Casey has been there before. We played her in 2015.

But going out, when you walk out on Philippe Chatrier, it's an amazing feeling. It's a great stadium. Perfect day to play tennis today.”

Mattek-Sands and Safarova now head to Wimbledon with the chance to become the first women’s doubles team to hold all four major trophies since Venus and Serena Williams won the 2010 French Open.

“It's funny, because we don't even think about it that way,” added Mattek-Sands, 32. “We are taking it one match at a time. Really, we kind of enjoy our practice days. We enjoy our off-days. We're playing singles, doubles. I played mixed doubles here.

“The moment is enough, actually. It's tough to even look back and to the future to what you could do and what you have done.

“But we're really excited for grass. We're looking forward to Wimbledon. We love playing on grass. We are going to be ready there, too.”

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