Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mattek-Sands and Safarova win doubles title in Charleston

photo by Daniel Ward
Top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the doubles title at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston today, defeating Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 4-6, 10-7. Things became a bit tense toward the end when the pair failed to serve out the match at 9-7 in the super-tiebreak. However, they then won the tenth point on their opponents' serve.

The is Mattek-Sands' second time to win the title in Charleston. For Safarova, it's the third time to lift the trophy. The Czech star also won in 2012 (with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova) and in 2013 (with Kiki Mladenovic).

Mattek-Sands is ranked number 1 in the world in doubles; Safarova is ranked number 4. They now have ten titles as a team. These include the 2017 Australian Open, the 2016 Australian Open and the 2016 U.S. Open.
Katerina Siniakova (l) and Lucie Hradecka (photo by Daniel Ward)
The champions (photo by Daniel Ward)

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