A day after winning her maiden Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, surprise champion Barbora Krejcikova completed a rare Paris title sweep. The 25-year-old won the women’s doubles final with fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova and became seventh woman in history to achieve the Roland Garros double, the last one being France’s Mary Pierce in 2000.
Krejcikova and Siniakova, seeded second this fortnight, defeated seeds No.14 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Swiatek 6-4 6-2 in Sunday’s final. The Czech team has now clinched three major titles together, having also won the French Open and Wimbledon in 2018. Meanwhile, Mattek-Sands and Swiatek were playing just their third tournament together.
With mixed doubles triumphs at the past three editions of the Australian Open, Krejcikova is a proud owner of seven Grand Slam titles.
After ensuring a rise from No.33 to No.15 in singles rankings, Krejcikova will return to world No.1 in doubles. The Czech will be the fifth different woman to hold the doubles top spot in 2021, following Hsieh Su-Wei, Aryna Sabalenka, Elise Mertens and Kristina Mladenovic. Krejcikova’s first stint at No.1 lasted 12 weeks, alongside partner Katerina SIniakova, at the end of 2018 and start of 2019. (photo: Jimmie48)